Director James Cameron has revealed that Kate Winslet’s character in Avatar 2, Ronal, will be one of the sequel’s water-dwelling sea people.
Cameron and his crew are currently shooting the first two of the four planned Avatar sequels, in the hope that when these two are completed, Cameron can then wrap up his epic saga by shooting the final two parts back-to-back.
The ambitious sequels plan to introduce a whole new race of aliens that are living beneath the seas of Pandora, and in order to film these scenes, Cameron and his team have had to re-invent the motion-capture technology which they developed for the original and ground-breaking film. And, with the introduction of this, Cameron has explained that much of the first two sequels will take place in this underwater world.
Two decades after she starred in Cameron’s blockbuster Titanic, Winslet is returning to the water, playing a character, which Cameron has described to Vanity Fair as one of Avatar 2’s “sea people” – part of a clan called the Metkayina, who live on giant oceanic reefs, ruled by a man named Tonowari (Cliff Curtis).
While we will have to wait to find out how Winslet’s character fits into the film, the actress is certainly making a brave decision to return to the water with Cameron, after having nearly drowned during the arduous Titanic shoot – however, the director has explained that her feelings are the opposite to this. In fact, he even explained that Winslet insisted that they not use a double for the underwater scenes, meaning the actress will have to undergo the same training as the other sea people.
“The one thing she did do is demand that she do all her own water work. I said, ‘All right, that’s fine, we’ll have to teach you how to free dive.’ The other actors are up to three- and four-minute breath holds. We’ve already been doing underwater capture. We did a scene last week with six teenagers, well, actually five teenagers and one 7-year-old underwater holding their breath for a couple minutes and acting, actually doing a dialogue scene under water because they speak kind of a sign language.”
Hopefully, it won’t end badly, and Cameron will be able to make these Avatar sequels as successful as the original.