'Avatar 2' news: No definite release date for now

(Facebook/Avatar)A scene from "Avatar" featuring Zoe Saldana as Neytiri and Sam Worthington as Jake.

James Cameron's 2009 film "Avatar" still remains to be one of the most highly-regarded film creations in history. With the movie's record-breaking success and the myriad of praises it received, fans have been clamoring for a sequel for several years.

Though not much has been heard for nearly eight long years, a Tweet from Borys Kit of the Hollywood Reporter last year confirmed that the ball has already started rolling in terms of production. The post said that filming for "Avatar 2" started on Sept. 25, 2017. Interestingly, filming was supposed to start earlier, as far back as April of 2016, a report from Digital Spy noted. Things didn't pan out as planned, and the timetable was pushed back further.

As far as Cameron was concerned, he said that he was using a different approach as far as developing the story. "The thing is, my focus isn't on Avatar 2. My focus is on Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5 equally. That's exactly how I'm approaching it. They've all been developed equally," said the multi-awarded Canadian filmmaker in an interview with the Daily Beast in January last year.

Moreover, Cameron noted that he has already finished the script for "Avatar 2" and was already in the process of "active prep." The filmmaker, however, has been non-committal when it comes to the film's release date.

When it comes to the cast, the core actors of the first film are still under contract, which means they will all be back for the sequel, the Digital Spy report noted. This means Zoe Saldana (who plays Na'vi princess Neytiri) and Sam Worthington (who playsJake Sully) will be back, together with Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang.

As for the newcomers, The Hollywood Reporter said that seven new faces will be part of the sequel. These include Jamie Flatters as Neteyam, Britain Dalton as Lo'ak, and Trinity Bliss as Tuktirey, who all play as Neytiri's and Sully's offsprings.

Also joining the cast are Bailey Bass, Filip Geljo, and Duane Evans Jr., who all take on roles as young members of the Metkayina clan. Rounding out the new faces is Jack Champion who plays human teenager Javier "Spider" Socorro.