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The stunning behind-the-scenes set photos from Avatar 2 set high hopes that the sequel will regain highest grossing movie of all time record.

Avatar 2: High Camp Bio Lab set

Last summer, Avengers: Endgame stole Avatar‘s record as the highest grossing movie of all-time, barely beating the James Cameron-directed 2009 movie, $2.797B to $2.79B. But after seeing all the stunning set photos from filming, hopes are high that Avatar 2 can regain the record.

Avatar 2 is set several years after Avatar.

“At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family. Each sequel will play as a standalone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”

Jon Landau described the approach to the Avatar sequels.

“As we’ve moved on with the sequels to Avatar we made a very conscious decision to stage the whole four sequels on Pandora. We don’t need to go to another world if we want water, we’re going to go to the oceans of Pandora.

”It’s a continuation of the same characters, but what happen when warriors that are willing to go on suicide charges, and leap off cliffs on to the back of big orange toruks, what happens when they grow up and have their own kids? It becomes a very different story. Now the kids are the risk-takers and the change-makers. So, it’s interesting, but it makes sense to me. Everybody’s either a parent, or they had parents at the very least, and if you look at the big successful franchises now, they’re pretty much uninterested in that.”

There will be lots of new scenery too.

“We’re going to go to totally different environments, we’re going to meet different cultures. Just like our planet is as diverse culturally as we are environmentally. We want to introduce people to different cultures. In the first movie, we only met the Omaticaya clan, and they are the clan here allowing us to come to the Valley of Mo’ara. But as we venture out we’re going to different environments and different clans.”

Avatar 2 is directed by James Cameron with Jon Landau. Filming began on August 15, 2017 at Manhattan Beach, California but moved to New Zealand during the coronavirus pandemic. Filming concluded in September 2020 after over three years of filming. The Avatar sequels star Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, and Matt Gerald. New cast members include Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel, Jemaine Clement, and Oona Chaplin.

Check out the Avatar 2 photos from the sets in the pictorial gallery below.

  • Avatar 2: Jim Cameron at High Camp Bio Lab set
  • Avatar 2: science lab at RDA bridgehead installation
  • Avatar 2: High Camp Bio Lab set
  • Avatar 2: ship film set
  • Avatar 2: The last set for 2020 filming The Matador 50' forward command boat
  • Avatar 2: New Zealand set
  • Avatar 2: film set
  • Avatar 2: water tanks in Auckland New Zealand
  • Avatar 2: Submersible and ship film sets
  • Avatar 2: Actor prep for underwater filming
  • Avatar 2: Actors receiving instruction before underwater filming
  • Avatar 2: Sigourney Weaver underwater filming
  • Avatar 2: Kate Winslet free-dive filming
  • Avatar 2: Underwater performance capture Lo'ak Britain Dalton
  • Avatar 2: Crabsuit RDA vehicle
  • Avatar 2: RDA is back
  • Avatar 2: film production in New Zealand
  • Avatar 2: Crew views scenes near finished visual effects
  • Avatar 2: Dedication ceremony
  • Avatar 2: RDA is back
  • Avatar 2: Jon Landau, Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore

20th Studios’ Avatar 2 will be released by Disney on Dec. 17, 2021.