Kate Winslet has reunited with Titanic director James Cameron after 26 years to create something as big as the highly anticipated Avatar sequel. The film, titled “Avatar: The Way Of Water,” will see Kate as Na’vi warrior Ronal, with the actor slipping into the shoes of the blue aliens like never before. The film is slated to hit theaters on December 16 this year.
Kate Winslet’s look as Ronal was revealed exclusively on the cover of Empire magazine’s special Avatar issue. The actress looks fierce with sharp canines and big eyes as she yells at someone with anger written large on her forehead. She looks a little different from Avatar’s Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) with her unkempt opening loosely splayed around the back as opposed to Neytiri’s braided look.
Empireonline.com reports that Ronal leads the Metkayina tribe along with Cliff Curtis’ Tonowari, who live in the depths of Pandora’s vast oceans and play a major role in the upcoming film. Speaking about her character, Kate told the magazine in an interview: “She is deeply loyal and a fearless leader. She is strong. A fighter. Even in the face of great danger and with an unborn baby on board, she joins her people and fights for what matters most to her. Your family and your home.”
Kate, who has had an aquatic connection with James Cameron since her 1997 magnum opus Titanic, has a very different role in Avatar, which didn’t just require her to float, but to go underwater. She said the longest she’d stayed underwater was “seven minutes and 14 seconds,” adding, “The most amazing thing for me as a middle-aged woman was learning something not just new, but superhuman.”
Avatar The Way of Water follows the events of the 2009 film Avatar and is expected to feature the return of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) and Dr. Mark Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver).