'Avatar 2' set photo reveals Kate Winslet amid underwater filming

Kate Winslet, Zoe Saldana, Cliff Curtis and Sam Worthington take a break from filming 'Avatar 2'. (Credit: Twitter)
Kate Winslet, Zoe Saldana, Cliff Curtis and Sam Worthington take a break from filming 'Avatar 2'. (Credit: Twitter)

Kate Winslet appears in the latest behind-the-scenes glimpse at the production of James Cameron’s ambitious Avatar sequels.

Cameron remains hard at work on the movies, despite the coronavirus pandemic shutting down production in New Zealand.

Winslet is pictured in performance capture gear while shooting underwater scenes alongside Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Cliff Curtis.

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Worthington and Saldana are returning as the lead characters from the 2009 first movie, while franchise newcomer Winslet plays Ronal — a member of the Metkayina diving clan, led by Curtis’ character.

Sharing the new image, the Avatar production team tweeted that much of the movie’s filming took place in a 900,000 gallon water tank, built especially for the films.

Cameron and his team created new technology in order to film performance capture underwater — a feat never achieved before.

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The Avatar sequels may currently have their live-action filming on hold — though much of it was completed last year — but Cameron is working hard to meet the release date set for the first of the four planned sequels.

He told Empire the pandemic-induced delay was “putting a major crimp in our stride” in getting the movie finished.

“We've got everybody – everybody at Weta Digital and Lightstorm – working from home to the extent that that is possible,” he added.

Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington in 'Avatar'. (Credit: Fox)
Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington in 'Avatar'. (Credit: Fox)

Some productions are already beginning to resume in New Zealand, which has majorly limited its number of coronavirus cases, potentially paving the way for Avatar to continue shooting.

The productions are certainly a costly endeavour, with Deadline reporting that the sequels have a combined budget of around $1bn (£820m) — making them some of the most expensive movies ever made.

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Much of the sequels’ plots are under wraps, but colonisers RDA are set to return to Pandora, with Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch somehow involved, despite his death in the first film.

Avatar 2 is due for release in December 2021, with subsequent sequels due in 2023, 2025 and 2027.