Avatar 2 has released a first-look photo showing stars Kate Winslet, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington and Cliff Curtis filming in a water tank.

The picture was shared on Twitter alongside the caption: “From the set of the sequels: @ZoeSaldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, and Cliff Curtis taking a break from underwater performance capture for a quick photo!”

It added: “Fun fact: Much of the performance capture took place in this 900,000 gallon tank, built specifically for the sequels.”

Filming on Avatar 2 was already underway when the movie industry was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.

However, despite the shutdown, work has continued remotely on the film’s digital effects. And despite the delays, earlier this week director James Cameron said the sequel’s December 2021 release date shouldn’t be affected.

Cameron told Empire from his Malibu home in lockdown: “There’s a very good chance that our shoot might be delayed a couple of months, but we can still do it. So that’s good news.”

Avatar 2 is the first of three more Avatar sequels that are officially in development. Earlier this week, it was reported that the franchise has a combined budget of over $1 billion.

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