Making use of his social media platforms on Sunday, December 4, the "Blinding Lights" hitmaker posted a 12-second music clip featuring the blue Avatar logo. In the caption of the post, he simply wrote "12.16.22." December 16 is the day the James Cameron-directed film is set to be released by Disney.
The dramatic reveal features the sequel's logo, along with a few seconds of the tune. It's a choral track, filled with building battle drums that punctuate the giant blue-colored "A" that fills the frame.
A few minutes later, the official "Avatar" account on Twitter and Instagram posted the same clip, along with the caption that read, "#AvatarTheWayOfWater x @theweeknd." Film producer Jon Landau also shared a snapshot with The Weeknd and wrote, "As the Na'vi say, 'Zola'u niprrte' soaiane Avatar'… Welcome to the Avatar family."
Fans were quick to flood the announcement posts with positive reactions, with some speculating that The Weeknd, born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, penned a soundtrack for the film. Others, in the meantime, urged the star to release the track as soon as possible. "RELEASE THE SONG NOW," one person wrote via Instagram, while another wondered, "Why, these great soundtracks are not released yet?"
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, "Avatar: The Way of Water" begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive and the tragedies they endure.
The movie, which is over three-hours long (190 minutes), will open in theaters across the nation on December 16. James has per-preemptively shut down critics of the runtime, saying back in May, "I don't want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [television] for eight hours.... It's OK to get up and go pee."