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We’re ready to dive into the world of Avatar: The Way of Water, are you?

If you’re not already excited, you’re about to be

It’s hard to believe it’s almost here, but the long-awaited Avatar: The Way of Water is finally inching towards the big screen.

The first Avatar blew us away in 2009 with its mind-bending visual effects and emotional tale of conservation vs corporation. There’s a good reason why it’s still the highest grossing film of all time, even now. The world of Pandora, Sully and the Na’Vi is set to expand with a further four Avatar films - though it’s not out until Christmas, the first trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water just dropped and is previewing exclusively before all screenings of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Here’s why we’re so hyped for these sequels 13 years in the making - and you will be too.

All our faves are back - even Sigourney Weaver

Ok, so she may have [spoiler alert] died in Avatar but the legendary Sigourney Weaver will be back on our screens in a whole new role. Also returning are Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana plus Stephen Long and Giovanni Ribisi.
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And there are some incredible newbies

Kate Winslet plays a mysterious aquatic Na’vi and The Sopranos’ Edie Falco is a military type. Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement and even Vin Diesel are also heading to Pandora - now that’s what we call a cast and a half.
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Only James Cameron could make this film

Director James Cameron (previously of Avatar and Titanic) is obsessed with the ocean, hence most of Avatar: The Way of Water takes place, well, in the water. He’s also a meticulous filmmaker who spares no expense getting the shots he needs and telling the story he wants: every James Cameron film is worth seeing on the Big Screen but we reckon Avatar: The Way of Water will be pretty special.
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The tech they needed literally didn’t exist!

One reason it’s taken James Cameron and Co. so long to make Avatar: The Way of Water is that they literally had to invent the tech needed to make the underwater performance capture work and look natural. It’s never been done before: and we bet the payoff is worth it.
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It’s already breaking records

You know when you have hiccups and you hold your breath for 20 seconds to try to get rid of them? Now imagine holding your breath for SIX AND A HALF MINUTES. That’s what Tom Cruise did in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

But Kate Winslet absolutely smashed Tom’s record for longest underwater breath hold when she managed seven minutes and fourteen seconds while dive training for Avatar: The Way of Water. An aquatic queen. With dive skills like that, seems like maybe she could have let Leo on that door for a bit after all, eh?
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We’re certainly not in Kansas anymore, marines. If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that the world of Pandora is going to be more detailed, more gorgeous and more blue than ever. Can you imagine sitting in the cinema and letting all of these images fill your eyes? We can’t think of a better way to get lost in a story.
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Producer Jon Landau described the beaches as “Bora Bora on steroids” and we believe it.
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