Avatar Alien Revealed!

[UPDATE: It looks like this may not be from the movie after all. AICN is reporting that James Cameron himself is saying this is NOT what the alien will look like. It's either an older concept drawing not shown to him, or a piece of fan art.]

The anticipation has been slowly building for Avatar, James Cameron's return to the big screen since Titanic became the biggest movie ever a decade ago. And now we get our first look at one of the aliens from the movie!

I wasn't expecting the alien to look like this, and in some ways, it kind of hearkens back to the aliens in Cameron's The Abyss. More details about the movie plus a bigger version of the photo can be seen after the jump.

For a year or two, Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment was developing two projects, Avatar and his Battle Angel adaptation. His goal: Whichever was the first to be ready to shoot, was the one we'd see in theatres come May 2009. Obviously Avatar won out and has a healthy $190 million budget. Wow, Cameron always commands big budgets!

The movie will have some live action elements, and the rest will feature photorealistic CGI (courtesy Peter Jackson's WETA Digital) and performance/motion capture. The movie stars Sam Worthington as an injured marine in the future who is sent to an alien planet where he becomes a very tall alien (hence, Avatar) and he helps fight an intergalactic war. Sigourney Weaver co-stars. The film is being shot in 3D on the Pace/Cameron Fusion 3D System, which was invented by Cameron and Vince Pace. I've seen an NBA game shot on this 3D hi def camera and was blown away!

I'm curious what everyone's thoughts are on the alien. Chime in!

Source: Ain't It Cool News

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