James Cameron is diving deeper into his characters in Avatar 2

By Ale Russian
February 19, 2019 11:50 AM

Avatar 2 is going to get real personal.

While the plot for the highly-anticipated sequel to the record-breaking 2009 blockbuster remains largely under wraps, director and writer James Cameron gave a few tidbits about what to expect in a new interview. Cameron revealed the sequel takes plays a few years after the original left off and Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) are still together and have an 8-year-old daughter.

And the director said that one “critical” scene is about an argument between the two main stars that is witnessed by their daughter.

“There’s a three-page argument scene between Jake and Neytiri, a marital dispute, very, very critical to the storyline,” Cameron, 64, told Empire. “I wound up shooting it all from the point of view of the eight-year-old hiding under the structure and peeking in.”

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Cameron has been talking more and more about the sequel, which reunites him with Titanic star Kate Winslet. The director revealed the Oscar-winning actress, 43, “was a phenomenal collaborator and just so gung-ho” about preparing for her role as Ronal, a free-diving member of the Pandoran race, in Avatar 2.

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The film required underwater scenes that Winslet had to prep for, Cameron told Vulture.

“She was really excited about doing the water work and at her peak, I think she held her breath for seven-and-a-half minutes – not during the scene but just during the training,” he said. “She was regularly doing two-or-three minute scenes, underwater acting and swimming.”

Cameron added, “She truly embraced the physicality of the character.”

“She was a dream to work with — not the pain in the a— that she was the first time,” he joked. “No, she was a dream on Titanic as well.”

Avatar 2 is set to hit theaters Dec. 2020.