AVATAR Sequels to Star Sigourney Weaver as New Character

     June 9, 2014


20th Century Fox and writer-director James Cameron have confirmed that star Sigourney Weaver will return for the three planned Avatar sequels.  In the original 2009 blockbuster, Weaver played scientist Grace Augustine, who spent much of her screen time in the guise of her Na’vi body before undergoing a one-way physical transformation at the movie’s end.  Cameron confirms that Weaver will rejoin returning cast members Sam WorthingtonZoë Saldana and Stephen Lang in the sequels, the first of which plans to start production later this year, but kept the details of her new character close to the vest.  Hit the jump for more.

avatar-sequels-sigourney-weaverAs THR reports, Weaver will indeed return for Cameron’s Avatar sequels, but her role is still a bit mysterious at the moment.  Here’s how Cameron broke the news (with spoilers if you haven’t seen the first film):

“Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made Aliens. We’re good friends who’ve always worked well together, so it just feels right that she’s coming back for the Avatar sequels. Her character of Grace Augustine, as fans know, died in the first movie, so she’s playing a different and in many ways more challenging character in the upcoming films. We’re both looking forward to this new creative challenge, the latest chapter in our long and continuing collaboration.”

Fans have speculated that Grace’s “death” was actually more of a metaphysical transition into the connected world of the Na’vi’s environment.  We’ll have to wait until December 2016 to see what Weaver’s new role is.  The plan is to have the three sequels film back to back starting later this year, with each of them opening in December of 2016, 2017, and 2018.  They are currently all untitled, but we expect that to change perhaps as early as the end of this year.


  • Person

    Whatever you say, Jim. In Cameron We Trust.

  • Drake

    So Stephan Lang is returning from the dead. Sigourney Weaver is presumably playing some spirit version of her past character (highly doubt Cameron goes the twin route). Is Michelle Rodriguez also being resurrected for the sake of the sequel?

    He asked sarcastically.

    • Neo Racer

      No she could be playing a completely different Navi/Alien via mocap performance

      • Erlich Bachman

        She could just be playing her twin. It wouldn’t be the first time.

  • Suave

    Strange but I’m sure Cameron has a good plan

    • Werefon

      It feels like he does. I mean did you hear how he planned out the 3 sequels. He brought television writing strategy to a major movie making. Good idea.

      Wish he wasn’t done with The Terminator.

      • Rad

        I’m pretty sure Cameron is getting the Terminator rights back in 2018 or 2019. Interesting timing in regards to finishing his Avatar Quadrilogy. Might we see some sort of Avatar/Terminator crossover? (hope not, but I’m sure Cameron will do something with the T property).

      • Mike

        No we won’t. He’s said many times that he’s done with Terminator and that following Avatar, he really wants to make Battle Angel: Alita.

      • Werefon

        I would prefer only one Avatar sequel and then Battle Angel but since he is planning to do all of them at once it will be year or two faster than going into production separately. But still post-production for each will be Gigantic since it is 90% CGI.

      • Werefon

        He wanted to get it few years ago but then decided to let it go. He finished the story. But he gave few ideas about Arnold’s character to a new studio. Since Ellsions bought the rights for Terminator I doubt that rights go back in 2018. If after Ellisons done with it and no one buys the rights, then rights will back to Cameron.

      • agent777

        TV should stay on TV. I like movies to be movies.

      • Werefon

        Idiots should not have Internet Conection.

        I said he brought TV-show writing system into major motion picture production.

        It means he comes up with overall plot of each film (as each episode in a TV) and different writers are writing one piece.

        Got it. Idiot.)

  • DoremusJessup

    My guess is that she’ll be reincarnated into a new vessel, Na’vi style. Cameron takes his hippy-esque Pandora mythos to another level.

  • verasgunn

    Please, do not let her be playing an identical twin.

  • Lewida Funji

    Also bring Michelle Rodriguez back, please. She’s the only reason to re-watch the first one.

  • Scullibundo

    I’d put hard money that she’s going to used as the vessel through which that Pandoran sentience (Eywa) communicates to Sam Worthington.

  • Manuel Orozco

    I hope this not like when Despicable me 2 brought back Kristin Wigg and she ended up playing a different character

  • Steven Ray Morris

    Grandmother Willow!!

  • Steven Ray Morris

    Grandmother Willow!!

  • Musikonica

    Clone her and name the clone Ripley. Let’s just get crazy with this.

  • Musikonica

    Clone her and name the clone Ripley. Let’s just get crazy with this.

  • milo

    Obviously she’s going to be voicing Treebeard.