Video: James Cameron unveils details about Avatar movie and game

James Cameron previewed the video game based on his upcoming epic 3-D film Avatar, which G4 captured on video; you can watch it after the jump. Cameron spoke at Ubisoft's press conference Monday at Los Angeles' Electronic Entertainment Expo and also offered up a lot of details about his new movie.

Meanwhile, the official Web site for the game has gone live, with screenshots from the game, which we presume also presage the look of the top-secret movie.

Cameron says the movie takes place in the 22nd century on Pandora, the Earth-like moon of a gas giant planet, with 1,000-foot-tall trees and creatures both beautiful and terrifying, as well as the Na'vi, a primitive humanoid race: 10 feet tall, blue-skinned and striped like tigers. They are wise and fierce warriors who live harmoniously in their forest environment.

Because the atmosphere on Pandora is toxic to humans, there are created human-Na'vi hybrids called "Avatars," which are living, breathing bodies in the real world, controlled by human drivers who project their consciousness into the Avatar bodies.

Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is a paralyzed war veteran who can live within his Avatar and finds himself caught between the humans and the inhabitants of Pandora. He also falls in love with a Na'vi woman.

Cameron also describes massive battles featuring flying creatures called "Banshees" by the humans. Avatar also stars Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Stephen Lang and Matt Gerald. It opens Dec. 18.

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