James Cameron, Kate Winslet and Billy Zane at Titanic 3D premiere in London

09:41 27 March 2012

Titanic star Kate Winslet

Titanic star Kate Winslet

Oscar winner Kate Winslet will walk the red carpet tonight at the launch of the 3D version of Titanic.

She will be joined by co-star Billy Zane and director James Cameron at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, west London, for the premiere.

Cameron was expected in London fresh from the success of his latest venture.

He used a specially designed submarine, called Deepsea Challenger, to dive nearly seven miles below the surface of the Pacific.

He reached the ocean’s deepest point on Earth - a place where only two men had gone before - early on Sunday, local time.

The descent took him to the Mariana Trench, about 200 miles south west of the Pacific island of Guam.

The new Titanic release comes 15 years after the original film was a huge hit, pulling in billions at the box office and winning 11 Oscars.

Winslet, who won a best actress Oscar in 2009 for The Reader, played sensitive socialite Rose DeWitt Bukater alongside Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack Dawson in the epic drama.

Cameron said: “The 3D enriches all of Titanic’s most thrilling moments and its most emotional moments.

“More than ever, you feel you’re right there going through all the jeopardy that Jack and Rose go through. The 3D kicks the whole experience up to another level.”

More than 1,000 people died when the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912.

The story of the ship, which was on its way from Southampton to New York, has inspired countless books and films and a new mini series made by Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes has just debuted on ITV.

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