Actor Sam Worthington who plays Jake Sully in the upcoming movie Avatar: The Way of Water Film recently said the film is “about protecting your family.”
Worthington’s Sully fell in love with Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri and eventually led her people the Na’vi in their fight against Stephen Lang’s Colonel Miles Quartich in the first part avatar Movie.
In this second film, Sully and Neytiri now have a family. The film’s official synopsis states: “More than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar The Way of Water plays with telling the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their children) and the ensuing difficulties they, the Efforts they make to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive and the tragedies they endure.”
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Worthington recently spoke to Reuters, where he made it clear that the film’s focus is on protecting her family. He told the outlet: “This love story has evolved. We have a family now and to be honest with you, this film is about protecting your family.”
He explained: “Whether it’s immediate family, it works on many levels. It could be a family together, the family we choose.”
While Worthington believes the film is about “protecting your family,” the film’s director James Cameron recently told the Associated Press that the climate and health of the planet were on his mind as he made the film and his made sequels.
He said: “Very much so, even to the extent that I’ve been debating very hard with myself and discussing with my wife whether I should quit filmmaking and look into sustainability issues. But we managed to do that parallel to the film making process. We conduct all our sustainability efforts – I don’t want to say incidentally, but in parallel. I put as much effort into that as I do into filmmaking.”
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But he also noted that the films aren’t lectures about the climate or environmental protection, “that is, the new avatar Films are no more like a lecture on climate or environmental protection than the first one was.”
“The first was an adventure. It captured you on the character level, on the storytelling level. I think subtext is a useful perspective. It’s there, but it’s not what drives the story. And we’ve kept that in the back of our minds with the new films,” he explained.
Then he revealed: “Yes, Avatar: The Way of Water is about the oceans and our relationship to the oceans and the animals that live in them. But it’s character driven.”
Cameron also explained why he thinks people should see the film: “I think the reasons to see this movie are the same reasons to see the first one. You enter a world. You are completely immersed in it. You feel surrounded by it and become a resident there and can stay there. You are going on this journey.”
“Of course it takes a little longer in the new film because we have more characters and more stories to serve. I think people are very story driven. If they get a set of characters they like and they get into their problems, they will follow them for many hours over several years in limited series. I’m not worried about that part,” he added.
Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters on December 16, 2022. In addition to Worthing and Saldaña, the film also stars Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jermaine Clement, Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Winslet.
Before the sequel hits theaters, Disney is also bringing the first Avatar back to theaters and it will be shown in 4K High Dynamic Range. It hits theaters on September 23.
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