The new trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water takes audiences back to Pandora, this time to its oceans. The sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar arrives 13 years after the original was released and ultimately became the top-grossing film of all time.
This installment takes place a decade after the 2009 Avatar and once again stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña, and introduces their characters’ children. The film will run more than three hours, with sources telling The Hollywood Reporter it clocks in at roughly three hours, ten minutes. That butt-numbing length will make the movie Cameron’s second-longest movie after Titanic, which came in at 194 minutes.
Avatar: The Way of Water also stars Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Vin Diesel and Kate Winslet. Weaver tells Vanity Fair the first concepts of her character required some drastic changes. Weaver remembers what it was like to be an awkward teenager, and she wanted to see that represented within her Na’vi character.
“I had a very early conversation with Jim about this, and he was very already committed to this kind of character, but who she was, what she was about was something we talked about at the beginning. I loved the choices he made ultimately, that she was part of the family. We worked together too, because when I first saw the pictures of my character, she was so perfect, every hair in place. And I said, ‘Jim, when you’re a 13, 14-year-old girl, that is not how you feel about yourself.’ I was this tall when I was 11, so I was just like a big spider moving around, knocking things over. And I felt that it was a more difficult time for Kiri, especially because the family is uprooted in the beginning.”
The Way of Water arrives Dec. 16 from 20th Century.