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An Upgraded Version of ‘Avatar’ Is Coming Before ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’

After years and years of languishing in development, Avatar 2 is finally here — but before you go to see this new sequel in December, you’ll want to head to cinemas in September! It has been announced that James Cameron is releasing a remastered version of the original 2009 Avatar film in theaters before the Avatar sequel comes out on December 13!

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AVATAR at Animal Kingdom. Zoe Saldana plays Neytiri in the Avatar movies, opposite Sam Worthington as Jake Sully. Credit: Disney

The same iconic trio from the first movie (Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, and Zoe Saldana) will be returning in the new Avatar sequel — and Hollywood icon Kate Winslet has joined the cast in a record-breaking role — but Pandora fans will definitely want to see the original movie on big screens again before seeing the sequel, especially since the remastered version will (according to James Cameron at CinemaCon) “push the limits of what cinema can do”!

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Kate Winslet enters the world of Pandora in a new role for Avatar 2: The Way of Water.

The first movie’s return to theaters might increase its total gross profits and even further solidify the film’s standing as the highest-grossing film of all time (the only movie that temporarily beat out Avatar was Avengers: Endgame from 2019). The remastered version of Avatar will be back in theaters on September 23!

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Flight of Passage, an Animal Kingdom ride inspired by Avatar and Pandora. credit: Disney

Avatar: The Way of Water comes to theaters on December 13! Marvel fans and Avatar fans who have gone to theaters to see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness have already seen the new trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water, and the trailer was only just released on other platforms recently.

Have you seen the trailer for the Avatar sequel yet? Would you like to see Avatar with even more incredible CGI and realistic digital effects on a big screen, or are you happy to stay home and watch it on Disney+?

About Sharon

Sharon is from New England. She's a writer, animal lover, and, of course, a Disney Fanatic! Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures.