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Avatar: The Way of Water: release date, cast, plot and everything we know

Avatar: The Way of Water
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Avatar: The Way of Water is heading our way in 2022, over a decade after the original film was in cinemas. 

After months of simply being called Avatar 2, a title was confirmed in April and now we know that fans will be gearing up to watch Avatar: The Way of Water very soon.

With the second film heading to cinemas in December, fans will be able to see what's next for Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), following on from the events of the first film which saw Jake permanently transferred into his avatar after Ney'tiri saves him from suffocation.

Speaking about the sequel, producer Jon Landau told Entertainment Weekly: "Ultimately, the sequels are a story about family, and the lengths parents will go through to keep that family together and keep them safe.

He added: "I always say that [James Cameron's] movies have universal themes — and really, there's no more universal theme than family."

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Avatar: The Way of Water release date

The much-anticipated sequel, one of the biggest new movies in 2022, is set for a global release on December 16, 2022, and will be in cinemas. It's not yet known when the film will be available on streaming services.

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What is the plot of Avatar: The Way of Water?

So far, we know that the film tells the story of the Sully family, and the trials and tribulations they face living on Pandora.

The official film plot reads: "Jake Sully and Neytiri have formed a family and are doing everything to stay together. However, they must leave their home and explore the regions of Pandora. When an ancient threat resurfaces, Jake must fight a difficult war against the humans."

In addition to this, it has been revealed that the film will explore the oceans of Pandora and they used underwater motion capture technology during the filming process.

Who's in the cast?

Of course, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana reprise their roles as Jake and Neytiri, and they are joined by Stephen Lang who returns as the dead Colonel Miles Quaritch. It has been revealed he will be the main villain, although exact circumstances surrounding his resurrection have not been confirmed!

Sigourney Weaver returns as an as-yet unnamed new character, as well as Kate Winslet who has been confirmed to play the role of Ronal in the upcoming sequels

In addition to this, during an interview with Empire Magazine, producer Jon Landau revealed that there was a new human character in the sequel called Spider (Jack Champion). This character was raised in the bioluminescent jungle by Jake and Neytiri.

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Is there a trailer?

Yes, fans can now see the official trailer online after it debuted in theatres. Immerse yourself in the world of Pandora once again and tune in below...

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.


She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story and Black Mirror, but recently she's loving everything about Apple TV's Severance