The New York Times has just released two new behind-the-scenes images from the upcoming sci-fi epic, Avatar, which is set for release on December 18. Click below to enlarge these new images from James Cameron's latest film.

<strong><em>Avatar</em></strong> Image #1

<strong><em>Avatar</em></strong> Image #2

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Avatar is the story of a wounded ex-Marine, thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival.