Avatar 2 Cast Reveals Magical Moment Of Seeing Characters Come To Life

Watch: Young Avatar Actors Explain When They Saw Their Characters on the Big Screen

The young stars of Avatar: The Way of the Water said they broke down in tears seeing their performances in all their glory on the big screen.

More than a decade after the first Avatar film, James Cameron’s ambitious sequel follows the Sully family – which has grown since last seen – as they flee their village due to the threat posed by Quaritch (Stephen Lang ) and the other “sky people”.

The family finds themselves with the aquatic Metkayina clan and must learn to become one with the water and the forest, which requires extremely ambitious underwater filming.

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Bailey Bass, who plays Tsireya, a member of the Metkayina clan, told Yahoo UK there were “lots of tears of joy and gratitude” during the casting screening.

She added: “We were able to look like we weren’t part of it. Not because we didn’t recognize each other. I think it’s really easy for us to recognize each other because it’s a capture of performance and they go into every pore of our body.

Bailey Bass joins the Avatar franchise in The Way of Water as a young member of the Metkayina clan, Tsireya. (20th century workshops)

“But it’s been so long that we can just sit back and enjoy it and be proud of it.”

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Jamie Flatters, who makes his debut as Sully’s eldest child, Neteyam, said: “The weird thing about this one is that we’ve spent so much time with this movie that we’ve spent many years to film nothing while waiting for this thing to happen.

“We’ve already been able to come to terms with the filming process that we had. So it’s good to have the consequences of that now.”

Jamie Flatters (left) plays Sully's son, Neteyam, in Avatar: The Way of Water.  (20th century workshops)

Jamie Flatters (left) plays Sully’s son, Neteyam, in Avatar: The Way of Water. (20th century workshops)

Flatters added that Cameron’s satisfaction with the job really impacts him and the other cast members.

He said: “With a vision as vast as this, failure seems almost illusory when it’s so big and exists between so many people. But things like this can really fall apart, so it’s great that the vision has come together again.”

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One of the film’s most complex and interesting roles is that played by Jack Champion as Spider – a human child who is far more comfortable with Na’vi than people.

The star said it was “magnificent” to see the film, having worked so hard on technically demanding scenes that he had to film multiple times in order to incorporate the CGI elements.

Jack Champion portrays the human teenager Spider among the Na'vi in ​​Avatar: The Way of Water.  (20th century workshops)

Jack Champion portrays the human teenager Spider among the Na’vi in ​​Avatar: The Way of Water. (20th century workshops)

He added: “I remember seeing [Stephen Lang] in his mo-cap costume pretending to reload this weapon during a fight scene.

“And then you actually see him and, instead of him holding a gray endo-skeleton form of a gun, you see an actual gun. It’s raining and you see the rust coloring. It’s so unbelievable.”

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Champion embarked on the research process when he found out he was auditioning for the sequel to a movie he was too young to remember properly.

He added, “When I found out I was auditioning for Avatar 2, I obsessively watched it for about a month straight. I was just locked in tunnel vision. I came to the point where I was correcting Jim about stuff. He said it wrong.”

Trinity Bliss was the youngest main cast member of Avatar: The Way of Water.  (20th century workshops)

Trinity Bliss was the youngest main cast member of Avatar: The Way of Water. (20th century workshops)

Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, at just 13, is one of the youngest cast members and was born the same year the first Avatar hit cinema screens.

She said: “I was still a baby when it came out and my whole family went to see it. They loved it and I heard about all their experiences later, but the first time I finally watched , it was an audition .

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“I just watched it over and over again. I couldn’t get enough of this beautiful world of Pandora. It became one of my favorite movies and it still is to this day.

“When the re-release came out, I watched it three times in a week – once in IMAX, twice in 3D.”

The young cast of Avatar: The Way of Water grew up while making the epic, long-gestating film.  (Sheryl Nields/20th Century Studios)

The young cast of Avatar: The Way of Water grew up while making the epic, long-gestating film. (Sheryl Nields/20th Century Studios)

Bliss added that it was “absolutely surreal” to see her character – Sully’s youngest child, Tuk – on the big screen in full CGI form.

“Avatar will always hold a really special place in my heart and will always be a part of me,” Bliss added.

She said, “I grew up on set with all these people. It’s my Avatar family, so I’m cheering for all of us.”

Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters and IMAX starting December 16.

Watch the trailer for Avatar: The Way of the Water

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