Avatar: The Way of Water is the upcoming fourth installment of the Avatar film series, written and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver as prequel and sequel veterans of the science fiction fantasy franchise.

Avatar: The Way of Water is scheduled to be released in December 2021, but the cast is already in the process of completing their parts in the film. Worthington stars as Jake Sully, a paraplegic marine who replaces his deceased twin brother in a sci-fi future world full of native Na’vi creatures. Weaver returns as Dr. Grace Augustine, a supporting character from Avatar (2009). Lang is back as Colonel Miles Quaritch, the main antagonist from the first installment, and Saldana as Neytiri, a Na’vi princess and Jake’s love interest.

The ensemble is rounded out by an exciting lineup of newcomers to the franchise. Kate Winslet stars as Ronal, an escaped prisoner and ally to Jake, while Vin Diesel joins as the voice of the tree of souls, a key element in the spirituality behind the Na’vi race. Oona Chaplin plays Varang, a human-friendly Na’vi warrior, and Cliff Curtis features as Tonowari, leader of the Metkayina, a reef-dwelling people.

The broad scope of Avatar: The Way of the Water’s cast means there will be no shortage of drama, adventure, and tension on Pandora. Moreover, Cameron’s ambitious screenplay promises to challenge the audience’s preconceived notions of morality and morality, exploring difficult topics like civil rights and cultural identity as Avatar subverts fan expectations. With a well-rounded cast of characters from all walks of life, Avatar: The Way of Water could be the franchise’s greatest installment to date.