'Avatar 2' release date, plot rumors: James Cameron film to premiere in December 2018?

(Facebook/Avatar)A promotional photo for the James Cameron movie "Avatar."

After many years since the promise of a sequel, it seems that the second installment to director James Cameron's 2009 movie "Avatar" finally has a release date.

In a report by Deadline, 20th Century Fox has quietly made several release date changes and additions in their list of scheduled film offerings on Nov. 23. Such included untitled film from Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment. The premiere date of the untitled film is on Dec. 21, 2018, and this movie is believed to be "Avatar 2."

This is further corroborated by Cameron's previous announcement at CinemaCon in April that the much-awaited sequel was set to hit theaters two years from now during Christmas season. Aside from "Avatar 2," three additional sequels are set to be released in 2020, 2022 and 2023.

"Star Trek" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" actress Zoe Zaldana, who portrayed the character of the Na'vi princess Neytiri, is set to reprise her role in the sequel. "Clash of the Titans" actor Sam Worthington will also be returning for "Avatar 2," portraying human-turned-Na'vi Jake Sully.

The core cast of the original are reported to be all on contract to participate in the upcoming film sequel. Even known sci-fi actress Sigourney Weaver, whose character died in the first film, is set to appear in the film albeit in a different role.

As reported by Digital Spy, the plot of "Avatar 2" will be dealing with familial and imprisonment themes. It will be set years after the events of "Avatar" where Sully is now a chieftain and Neytiri is a high priestess of their clan. However, the story will focus more on their children. They' will be going on adventures beyond the magnificent forests of Pandora, travelling to awe-inspiring underwater and volcanic environments.

It can be recalled that "Avatar 2" was originally slated for a December 2014 release. However, those plans were changed when it was announced in January 2015 that the release date had been moved to December 2017. After that, the release date was once again changed to a later date, the rumored reason being that it avoided to contend with the "Star Wars Episode 8" release in 2017.

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