The Weeknd released a video for the song “Nothing is Lost (You Give Me Strength)”.
The song is taken from the soundtrack to James Cameron’s Avatar sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, which was released in theaters last month.
The accompanying video, directed by Quentin Deronzier, takes place mostly in the fictional Pandora landscape of the film, with brief glimpses of The Weeknd shrouded in embers. Later in the clip, the residents of Na’vi are forced to evacuate into the ocean due to an approaching fire. See it below:
“Nothing is Lost (You Give Me Strength)” was produced by the Swedish mafia, who often collaborated with The Weeknd, together with Simon Franglen, the author of the music for “Avatar”. The Weeknd first announced his participation in the blockbuster soundtrack in early December, and then published it the day before the premiere of Avatar on December 15.
Discussing the track in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last week, The Weeknd said, “The best thing about writing the song was getting notes from James [Cameron] and making sure all the lyrics and melodies fit the themes of the movie.”
The Weeknd’s previous soundtracks included “Earned It” for the 2015 film Fifty Shades of Grey and Kendrick Lamar’s “Pray For Me” for 2018’s Black Panther.
In another on-screen project, The Weeknd also co-wrote, co-wrote the script, executive produced and directed the cast of the HBO drama series “Idol” starring Lily-Rose Depp, which is scheduled for release later this year. Euphoria creator Sam Levinson also co-wrote and directed the series.
Last month, “Nothing is Lost (You Give Me Strength)” was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The Weeknd appeared on the list along with Rihanna (for her single Black Panther: Wakanda Forever “Lift Me Up”) and Lady Gaga (for her contribution to Top Gun: Maverick “Hold My Hand”), among others.
In a four-star review of Avatar: The Way of Water, NME described the sequel as “bigger, bolder and definitely better than the original.” The film stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldanha, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet and others.