This December Kate Winslet is re-teaming with James Cameron for the sequel to his iconic sci-fi film Avatar: The Way of Water. Although it’s a sequel literally 13 years in the making, it continues the story of the first film’s star-crossed lovers Jake and Neytiri.
Up until now it hasn’t been entirely clear who Winslet would be playing in the film. Just like the first installment, this story seems to have a balanced blend of both alien and human characters. In its latest magazine cover, however, Empire sets the record straight.
Winsley will be playing a Na’vi character by the name of Ronal (pronounced ‘Ro-nail’). According to Empire, she leads a sect of the species know as the Metkayina tribe. They dwell in the shadows of Pandora’s oceans. Unsurprisingly, she’ll have a major role in the highly anticipated sequel, though it’s unclear if it’s a one-off part or if she’ll appear in one of the following films too.
Speaking with Empire exclusively about her role and the character, Winslet said, “She is deeply loyal and a fearless leader.” She also went on to compare the character to some of the fearless females in Cameron’s other females, including Sarah Connor (T2) and Ripley (Aliens).
“She is strong. A warrior. Even in the face of grave danger, and with an unborn baby on board, she still joins her people and fights for what she holds most dear. Her family and their home,” Winslet added.
The film will reportedly see Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña’s characters displaced from their home and forced to seek shelter with the Metkayina tribe. However, Winslet teased that the transition wouldn’t be smooth and that there would certainly be conflict between the couple and the tribe.
You can check out the full interview with even more details about Winslet and the film in Empire’s Avatar issue, which will be available next week on July 7th.