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In about 10 hours, the first trailer for Avatar, the highly anticipated CGI-driven 3D sci-fi epic from director James Cameron will be online. But before we can get to that, we need pictures! For those who have been following the Avatar situation, you might note that a few of these photos are heads and tales above the rest of what we’ve seen. As in, one of them actually shows a shot from Pandora, the mysterious and mystical planet at the heart of the film. That photo, seen first below, shows some very video game-esque war birds rolling through the skies. It’s hard to tell from here, but that does look like a shot from this video game I played once. Can’t remember the name — might have been Halo. Yep, that’s it.

The other photos also give us our first looks at James Cameron directing Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez taking a break, Sam Worthington rocking a pretty awful wig, Stephen Lang rocking a terrible set of scars and Giovanni Ribisi looking very intense. Did I get everything? Good.

Avatar hits theaters on December 18, 2009. It will play in IMAX and 3D, as well as conventional theaters. The trailer will be online tomorrow morning, so stay tuned as we will bring that to you as soon as possible.

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Avatar is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on the planet Pandora. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.


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