As many people wish to point out, it’s been 13 years since James Cameron’s release Avatar on an unsuspecting audience, delivering the greatest film of all time seemingly out of nowhere. It’s been a long time in our world and it’s reflected in the upcoming sequels too. In Avatar: The way of water, Jake and Neytiri now have a new litter of Na’vi babies, organic and otherwise, who up the ante as the world of Pandora faces a new war. You can get to know the new generation in the exclusive image above, as we will see in our next issue; in addition to Neytiri (second from left) and Jake (far right), you will see, from left to right, Kiri, Sigourney Weaver’s adopted son, as well as Sully’s three biological children: Neteyam (Jamie Flatters), Lo ‘ak (Britain Dalton) and Tuktirey (Trinity Bliss).
For Cameron, giving the Sullys a group of children meant raising the personal and emotional stakes in his four-film sequel saga. “I am a father of five children,” says the director Empire. “I look around I don’t specifically mean the Marvel Universe or the DC Universe, fantasy and science fiction today and all these heroes seem untied in the mire of relationships, the things that knock you down and clip your wings, which prevents you from run and risk my life. I thought, “What if I take these cool Jake and Neytiri characters and give them a family?” He gives them clay feet right there. And it’s not just Neteyam, Lo’ak, Tuk and Kiri in the mix: there is also Spider, played by Jack Champion, a human orphan stuck on Pandora who is part of Sully’s crew.
For star Sam Worthington’s return, exploring ideas about fatherhood gave him a chance to delve into a whole new side of Jake. “It’s about what you teach your kids as they develop and grow,” he says. “Jake comes from the standpoint of being a marine and tends to that way of thinking because that’s what was ingrained in him about survival. Pacifism and militarism will surely collide ”. All of this sets the stage for an epic series of successful sequels, but if all else fails, there’s also a Na’vi sitcom out there somewhere. “My wife and my blue children,” anyone?
Empirethis is Avatar: The way of water The edition hits newsstands Thursday 7 July, with unrivaled access to the film, cast and crew: head to Cameron’s Lightstorm headquarters and chat with the director himself, as well as producer Jon Landau, with Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña , Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis and many more. Plus, it’s packed with unreleased footage, opening up the world of Pandora like never before. Book a copy online here. Avatar: The way of water will be released in UK cinemas from December 16.
Source: Empire online