The sequel to the 2009 box-office smash “Avatar” — already deep in production — will feature many of the actors doing a lot of underwater work, according to the film’s director.

A good chunk of that underwater work involves freediving, which director James Cameron recently told Vanity Fair many of the crew — including star Kate Winslet — had been trained in:

“She [Winslet] blazed through for a couple of days of rehearsals and saw the world that we had created, and how we do the work, and she’s very excited. She plays a character who’s part of the Sea People, the reef people. The one thing she did do is demand that she does all her own water work. I said, ‘All right, that’s fine, we’ll have to teach you how to freedive.’ The other actors are up to three- and four-minute breath holds. We’ve already been doing underwater capture. We did a scene last week with six teenagers, well, actually five teenagers and one seven-year-old underwater holding their breath for a couple minutes and acting, actually doing a dialogue scene under water because they speak kind of a sign language.”

The question springs to mind on who might be training these actors?  One of them who came to mind was Performance Freediving International founder Kirk Krack, who has also trained stars like Tom Cruise for a “Mission: Impossible” movie.

We asked him, but all he could confirm was:

“I am working on Avatar 2 and I am training cast and crew.”

Beyond that, we’ll just have to wait with everyone else until the movie premieres on December 17th, 2020 to find out more.

SOURCEVanity Fair
John Liang

John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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