Avatar 2: Meet the Brand New Na’vi Family of Jake and Neytiri – Exclusive Image | Movies
As many people are keen to point out, it’s been 13 years since James Cameron launched Avatar on an unsuspecting audience, delivering the greatest movie of all time seemingly out of nowhere. That’s a lot of time in our world – and it’s also reflected in the sequels to come. In Avatar: The Way of the Water, Jake and Neytiri now have a whole new generation of Na’vi children, biological and otherwise, raising the stakes as the world of Pandora faces an all-new war. You can get acquainted with the new generation in the exclusive image above, as we will see in our next issue; as well as Neytiri (second from left) and Jake (far right), you’ll see, from left to right, Sigourney Weaver’s young foster child Kiri, as well as the three biological Sully children – Neteyam (Jamie Flatters), Lo ‘ak (Britain Dalton) and Tuktirey (Trinity Bliss).
For Cameron, giving the Sullys a whole slew of kids was all about raising the personal and emotional stakes in his four-movie saga. “I am the father of five children”, says the director Empire. “I look around – I don’t mean the Marvel Universe or the DC Universe specifically – at current fantasy and sci-fi and all of these heroes seem untied in the quagmire of relationships, which pulls you towards down and clip your wings, preventing you from running and risking your life. I thought, “What if I took these amazing characters of Jake and Neytiri and gave them a family?” It gives them feet of clay right there. And it’s not just Neteyam, Lo’ak, Tuk and Kiri in the mix – there’s also Spider, played by Jack Champion, a human orphan stranded on Pandora who is cared for as part of the crew. by Sully.
For returning star Sam Worthington, exploring ideas around fatherhood offered a chance to dig into a whole new side of Jake. “It’s about what you teach your children as they develop and grow,” he says. “Jake comes from the perspective of being a Marine and leans into that way of thinking because that’s what was ingrained in him about survival. Pacifism and militarism will definitely clash. All of this sets the stage for an epic set of blockbuster sequels – however, if all else fails, there’s also a Na’vi sitcom somewhere in there. “My wife and my blue children”, anyone?
Empireit is Avatar: The Way of the Water hits newsstands Thursday, July 7, with unparalleled access to the film, its cast and crew – heading to Cameron Lightstorm HQ and speaking to the director himself, as well as producer Jon Landau, stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis and many more. Plus, it’s stacked with never-before-seen footage, opening up the world of Pandora like never before. Pre-order a copy online here. Avatar: The Way of the Water hits UK cinemas from 16 December.