James Cameron brought a little of Pandora — and a lot of his starry cast — to London for the “Avatar: The Way of Water” World premiere on Tuesday night. The long-promised, eagerly-awaited sequel has been 13 years in the making, and now it’s finally set to debut in cinemas in just a few days, a moment the director wasn’t always sure would come.
“I had a lot of doubt when the pandemic hit,” Cameron told Variety on the blue carpet in Leicester Square. “We got shut down for six months. We didn’t know if there were going to be any movie theaters left to release the movie into. But we’ve survived all that. The theaters are full again. It’s all back. We’re all sold out for the first few weeks. So yeah, pretty happy!”
“The Way of Water” reunites Cameron with his “Titanic” star Kate Winslet, who joins the franchise as Ronal, a leader of the water-based Metkayina clan. The actress found the shorthand they had previously established to be very useful as she jumped into the World of Pandora.
“He would say, ‘Do whatever you want.’ He trusted the script that he had created,” Winslet says. “And he trusted the actors to get in there and bring it all to life. So it was just ‘Show me. Play. Try anything.’ It was just fantastic.”