Thirteen years after Academy Award®-winner James Cameron introduced viewers to a world unlike any they had ever seen with his breathtaking film Avatar, Disney+ Hotstar is all set to release the eagerly-awaited sequel Avatar: The Way of Water on June 7. Available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, this groundbreaking cinematic odyssey unveils a new underwater adventure that promises to mesmerise viewers again. Returning to reprise their iconic roles, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña portray Jake Sully and Neytiri, devoted parents doing everything possible to protect their family. Joining them are esteemed actors Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet. The screenplay, a collaborative effort by James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno, captures the essence of the story while Cameron and Jon Landau serve as the film’s producers.
To bring Avatar: The Way of Water to life, Cameron and his team faced the challenge of capturing performances underwater, a feat never before accomplished. Cameron said, “The key was to actually shoot underwater and at the surface of the water so people were swimming properly, getting out of the water properly, diving in properly. It looks real because the motion was real. And the emotion was real.”
A massive tank was constructed at Manhattan Beach Studios, home to Cameron and Landau’s production company, Lightstorm. This tank, spanning 120 feet in length, 60 feet in width, and 30 feet in depth, held over 250,000 gallons of water, replicating natural oceanic conditions.
“That became our complete Swiss army system. We could do waves breaking on the shore and have people trying to get out of the water while they’re getting hit by waves. We could create wave interaction with the creatures and people surfacing, getting hit by a 10 wave and trying to say their lines and trying to breathe at the same time,” said Cameron.