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Here Are Some Crazy Pictures Of The 'Avatar' Cirque Du Soleil

It's called "Toruk," and it looks WILD.

We're going on the sixth anniversary of the release of James Cameron's "Avatar," which remains the highest-grossing movie of all time. The second, third and fourth (!) movies in the series have been delayed more times than the titular character in "Waiting For Godot," and are now expected to start arriving in 2017. But diehard fans of the original movie -- they exist, right? -- don't have to wait that long to return to Pandora. It's coming to the stage in just one week, thanks to Cirque du Soleil. 

The Canadian performing troupe will debut its latest spectacle, "Toruk: The First Flight," set in the world of "Avatar," on Nov. 12, in Bossier City, Louisiana, of all places. The show's story unfolds thousands of years before the events of "Avatar," so don't expect Jake Sully or Neytiri to show up. What will we get instead? Um ... you should probably just see it for yourself. Cirque Du Soleil just posted a batch of photos from behind the scenes of "Toruk." And they're pretty insane. 

  • It takes a lot of makeup to become a Na'vi.
    Youssef Shoufan
    It takes a lot of makeup to become a Na'vi.
  • Veteran Hollywood costume designer Kym Barrett made the elaborate costumes.
    Youssef Shoufan
    Veteran Hollywood costume designer Kym Barrett made the elaborate costumes.
  • The show will feature scenes in relative darkness, illuminated by glow-in-the-dark elements that mirror the bioluminescence e
    Youssef Shoufan
    The show will feature scenes in relative darkness, illuminated by glow-in-the-dark elements that mirror the bioluminescence everywhere on Pandora.
  • Singer Cumie Dunio while crew members transform her into character.
    Youssef Shoufan
    Singer Cumie Dunio while crew members transform her into character.
  • The next Neytiri?
    Youssef Shoufan
    The next Neytiri?
  • Artist Zoe Sabattie, who plays Tsyal, gets in character during an improv session.
    Youssef Shoufan
    Artist Zoe Sabattie, who plays Tsyal, gets in character during an improv session.
  • Actor Raymond O'Neill shows off his costume for the part of the Storyteller.
    Youssef Shoufan
    Actor Raymond O'Neill shows off his costume for the part of the Storyteller.
  • One of the Pandoran animals featured in the show will be the Austrapedes. They're apparently less friendly than they look.
    Youssef Shoufan
    One of the Pandoran animals featured in the show will be the Austrapedes. They're apparently less friendly than they look.
  • This is the head of the creature called Toruk -- who must be pretty crucial, considering that's also the name of the show.
    Youssef Shoufan
    This is the head of the creature called Toruk -- who must be pretty crucial, considering that's also the name of the show.

"Toruk" is slated to tour in 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada between next week and August 2016. 

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