Avatar: The Way of Water world premiere takes place in London

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Kate Winslet, who first worked with director James Cameron on Titanic, appeared in Avatar: The Way of Water

Avatar: The Last Airbender, the next highest-grossing film of all time, has had its world premiere in London.

Its delayed release comes 13 years after the original sci-fi film, which was released in 2009.

Director James Cameron was joined on the blue carpet in Leicester Square by stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver and Kate Winslet.

The Avatar series is set on the mysterious planet of Pandora where the existence of the Na’vi is in danger.

Speaking at the launch, Weaver said the film has “family” as a central theme and environment as it is “universal and relatable”.

“It’s a pleasure to be part of the family, we get together sometimes, Jim [Cameron] want that … so we can kind of come to each other, still have fun or be a good family,” he said.

Here are some photos from Tuesday’s world premiere in London, and you can find more information about the show further down.

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Actress Zoe Saldaña, who also appeared in the original film, reprized her role in Avatar: The Way of Water.

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Actor Sam Worthington, pictured with his wife Laura, also returned to the franchise for the Avatar series.

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Director James Cameron, pictured with his wife Suzy Amis, is planning three more sequels after this one

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Actress Sigourney Weaver was among the stars seen at the film’s world premiere in London’s Leicester Square.

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Actress Bailey Bass joins the cast playing Tsireya, a young Na’vi from the Metkayna clan.

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Other stars spotted on the blue carpet included Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am

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Famous faces include Star Wars actor John Boyega

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Model Jourdan Dunn was also spotted posing for photos before the premiere

What is this story?

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Jake Sully’s character (Worthington) finds one of his children

The first film follows the frozen ship Jake Sully (played by Worthington) as he travels to the planet Pandora, where he takes on an avatar body.

He later joined the citizens of the world in fighting the efforts of humans to destroy their homes in order to obtain precious minerals.

The canal was laid several years later. Jake now has a family with Neytiri (Saldaña), and he follows their new life on Pandora.

When will it first be released?

In 2010, a year after the first Avatar, 20th Century Fox (as the company was called, before it was sold to Disney) said that there would be two sequels, and the first of them would be released in December 2014.

December 2014 became December 2016. Which became December 2017. Which became December 2018. You get the idea. However, it will expire next week, Friday 16 December 2022.

Why did it take so long?

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Most of the film takes place on the oceans of the planet Pandora

Cameron dropped a version of the Avatar series that, after writing it, he decided not to release.

The Canadian filmmaker also has a life outside of cinema, and spent some time doing deep sea research (although it looks like research for the new movie, most of it is happening in and under water).

Cameron also wanted to explain the fourth step. And taking advantage of the new photography programs in the world of motion capture and CGI.

How long is it?

Well, it’s not Cameron’s longest film. The show goes to Titanic, which clocks in at a staggering 3 hours 15mins.

But Avatar: The Last Airbender isn’t far behind. Avatar 2, as it may be called, has a running time of about three hours and twelve minutes.

A little less if you dive into the beginning of the long end credits!

Who is in it?

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L-R: Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, James Cameron, Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington at the London premiere.

The stars of the first epic, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña are back.

Newcomers Jack Champion, James Flatters, and Trinity Jo-Li Bliss are joined by Oscar winner Kate Winslet.

What did the cast say?

Speaking about the news that followed on Tuesday, Saldana said: “It seems like a natural progression for someone like Jake and Neytiri.

“That’s the natural course that they decided to follow, is to start a family and keep the family together, to protect the family.”

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Director James Cameron said that his own dreams made the film look like a dream

Earlier in the evening, Cameron confirmed on The One Show that he was inspired by his dream. “I think the dream is a personal advertising job that I run every night for free,” he joked.

“I think I work a lot in my dreams, and I see a lot of images, sometimes [I] get up and write it sometimes. With some stuff for Avatar when I was in college, I jumped into doing artwork…so this has been going on for a while.”

He added: “I’ve always had dreams of being underwater with amazing animals swimming around and stuff like that, so it’s kind of like doing all those shows.”

How much did the first one get?

It made a total of $2.92bn (£2.39bn) at the global box office, and is the biggest film of all time (not adjusted for inflation).

He briefly lost his title to Avengers: Endgame in 2019, but regained it after the re-release of Avatar.

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The first movie Avatar is the biggest movie of all time

Do I need 3D glasses to watch it?

The film is released in different formats. Including 3D, 2D and Imax. So no one is forcing you to see it in 3D if you don’t want to.

But the conventional wisdom is that a big part of that initial appeal was its impressive 3D system.

What other methods are recommended?

Now planning a total of four steps, including this one.

Avatar 2 will be out next week, of course, while Avatar 3 has already been shot, and will be released in 2024.

Avatar 4 has been partially shot ahead of the planned 2026 release. And Avatar 5 has a finished script. If it is done, and there is a question mark on that, it will be out in 2028.

The uncertainty is due to the film’s funding. Waterway has a budget of over $350m (£287m) which means it needs to be a huge success at the box office to recoup its money.

If it’s a failure, it’s hard to see Disney investing hundreds of millions more to complete a series that they think the viewing public might not like.

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Kate Winslet plays a character named Ronal

Do the sequels have titles yet?

In 2018, BBC News revealed that the titles planned were The Waterway, The Seed Bearer, Tulkun Rider and Quest for Eywa.

The waterway was finally approved in April of this year. Only James Cameron knows if he will stick with other names.

What are the chances of spring and Oscars?

The first was nominated for nine Oscars including Best Picture, losing to The Hurt Locker.

Its wins include Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects. Many hope that a similar presentation will be possible at the 2023 Academy Awards.

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