A brand new Avatar: The Way of the Water photo from James Cameron’s long-delayed action sequel has been released (via Empire Magazine), revealing a closer look at Oscar winner Kate Winslet’s Na’vi character, Ronal. The film is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 16.
The photo, which you can check out below, introduces Ronal as Na’vi warrior who’s being described as a “deeply loyal and a fearless leader” of the Metkayina tribe. She is seen alongside Cliff Curtis’ Tonowari. While preparing for movie’s intense underwater filming, Winslet learned how to hold her breath for more than seven minutes.
“Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure,” says the official synopsis.
The sequel is directed and co-written by James Cameron. It features the return of Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald, and Sigourney Weaver. Additional cast members include Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel, Jemaine Clement, and Oona Chaplin, alongside a slate of young actors.
Currently, Avatar 2 is set to be released on December 16, 2022, after being pushed back a handful of times. Following that are three additional films, with Avatar 3 tentatively scheduled for December 20, 2024, Avatar 4 set for December 18, 2026, and Avatar 5 on December 22, 2028.