Get to know the new generation of Avatar stars and their feel-good takeaways from filming the iconic franchise
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We caught up with Bailey Bass and Jamie Flatters ahead of their blockbuster debut in Avatar: Way of Water, which, if you haven’t already heard, has been dubbed one of the most highly anticipated movie releases of the decade.
Directed and conceptualised by James Cameron, the Avatar universe first captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe in 2009 with its Academy Award-winning visuals and career-defining acting. It’s been a 13-year wait for fans, but Avatar: Way of Water is finally here. The sequel is set to be another visually stunning watch, following on from the legacy of its predecessor’s groundbreaking cinematography. Only now, we encounter a new generation of Na’vi people facing similar challenges to their parents. The film follows new communities as they respond to an all-too familiar foe and fight to protect their home – the mystical ecosystem of Pandora.
While Zoe Saladaña and Sam Worthington will return to our screens and reprise their leading roles as Na’vi princess Neytiri and human-turned-Na’vi hero Jake Sully, the sequel introduces us to new faces like Flatters (who plays their son, Neteyam), and Bass (who takes on the role of Tsireya, a young Na’vi from a new clan).
If the title didn’t already give it away, the movie is being praised for its innovative set production and filming – the majority of which saw the cast perform underwater. From professional breath-holding training to ancient relaxation practices like meditation and yoga, the ambitious set required actors to take on new ways to help control their bodies and remain calm in extreme environments. We got to know the wellness practices that helped keep Flatters and Bass on top of their game…
Avatar: Way of Water is out in cinemas on 16 December.
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