"Avatar" Director Defends the Sequel's 3-Hour Runtime: "I Don't Want Anybody Whining"

"Avatar" director James Cameron doesn't want to hear any complaints about his forthcoming sequel film's runtime. In a new interview with Empire magazine, Cameron didn't mince words about how long "Avatar: The Way of Water" is - currently billed at "around three hours." "I don't want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [television] for eight hours," he told the outlet. "I can almost write this part of the review. 'The agonizingly long three-hour movie . . .' It's like, give me a f*cking break. I've watched my kids sit and do five one-hour episodes in a row. Here's the big social paradigm shift that has to happen: it's okay to get up and go pee."

Cameron's original "Avatar" film ran for 162 minutes when it debuted in theaters in 2009. Right now, it doesn't look like the sequel's runtime will be any shorter, so viewers should prepare ahead of time to sit through the lengthy feature.

In "Avatar: The Way of Water," franchise star Sigourney Weaver is tackling a new acting challenge: she'll be playing a teenager, according to the actor's interview with Empire magazine. On July 1, the 72-year-old actor - whose character Dr. Grace Augustine died in the original 2009 "Avatar" film - revealed that she will be playing a teenage Na'vi who is the adopted daughter of Sam Worthington's character, Jake Sully, and Zoe Saldana's Neytiri. "I think we all pretty much remember what we were feeling as adolescents," Weaver told the magazine, revealing that her character will be named Kiri. "I certainly do. I was 5' 10" or 5' 11" when I was 11. I felt strongly that Kiri would feel awkward a lot of the time. She's searching for who she is. I was thrilled to be given that challenge."

Her revelation is the latest detail to shed a bit of light on what fans can expect from the "Avatar" sequel. It's been a long time since the original "Avatar" landed in theaters - over a decade, in fact. The new movie takes place in a future when humans, who have completely depleted Earth's natural resources, travel to the fictional moon of Pandora to mine for resources, kicking off a war with the Na'vi, the moon's inhabitants, a species of 10-foot-tall humanoid aliens. The movie went on to become the highest-grossing movie of all time.

While Cameron's film was supposed to get a sequel many years ago, production was delayed on the big-budget feature. The time has finally come, though, for "Avatar 2" to be seen by the world, and new details have continued to emerge over the years.

Though the sequel's plot is still pretty vague to audiences, we'll certainly learn more in the coming months before the movie is officially released. Here's everything we know so far about this long-awaited sequel, including some of the new talent joining the cast.

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