Sigourney Weaver Returning to ‘Avatar’ Sequels as New Character

Sigourney Weaver Returning 'Avatar' Sequels New

Sigourney Weaver will return to James Cameron’s trio of “Avatar” sequels as a new character.

Cameron and 20th Century Fox made the announcement Monday, noting that Weaver’s Gracey Augustine character perished in 2009’s “Avatar.”

“Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made ‘Aliens,'” Cameron said. “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.”

Cameron did not specify what role Weaver will be portraying.

“We’re both looking forward to this new creative challenge, the latest chapter in our long and continuing collaboration,” Cameron added.

The “Avatar sequels” will be filmed back-to-back-to-back and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment.

Cameron announced in December that he would shoot in New Zealand and that he expected the films to be released on the previously announced dates of December 2016, December 2017 and December 2018.

“Avatar,” released in 2009, is the highest-grossing movie ever with $2.78 billion worldwide. The sci-fi actioner was shot in Los Angeles and New Zealand.

The three films will spend at least $412 million (500 million in New Zealand dollars) in that nation as a condition of an agreement between Fox, Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and the government of New Zealand. In return, the films will receive a film industry tax rebate of 25%.

During an October interview, “Avatar” star Sam Worthington said he believed production on the sequel would begin by next October.

Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang will reprise their roles from the original.

Cameron had announced in August there would be three sequels and that screenwriters Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Rise of the Planets of the Apes”), and Shane Salerno (“Savages,” “Salinger”) would collaborate with him on screenplays for “Avatar 2,” “Avatar 3″ and “Avatar 4.”

Weaver is repped by UTA.

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  1. AVATARIAN says:

    AVATAR totally rocked…a powerful experience. Very keen anticipating what new technology Mr. Cameron introduces in the sequels. And as for Sigourney’s continued involvement? Terrific!!!

  2. says:

    Avatar is a stunningly over-appreciated movie without an original thought in it.
    It is at best an “okay” movie carried mostly by the 3d effects.

    • Hairy Arse says:

      What I didn’t like in Avatar (I hated the look of it), is how angry Zoe Saldana’s character is. I was like: ‘Why is that girl is so angry’; and then someone who knows her told me she’s actually a very angry person (after she admonished me for not liking the film.) I know her planet is under threat and such, but her character was a real turn off.

      • Living the Geek Life says:

        I liked the character. I thought she was a great part of what made me enjoy the movie as a whole.

  3. Premium says:

    “Avatar,” released in 2009, is the highest-grossing movie ever with $2.78 billion worldwide. The sci-fi actioner was shot in Los Angeles and New Zealand.

    Amazing 2.78

  4. Stephan Klose says:

    I am pretty sure this time they won’t be the highest grossing ever or even near that. The wonder is gone. And a continuation of a story we didn’t care about in the first place? That seems as stupid as making a sequel to Independence Day.. wait…

  5. Movie Lover says:

    I love her, but I hate Avatar. It was OK but not great. They just did a good marketing. Plus he had years and money to work on the movie. Which other director has those privileges …… none.

  6. Ivan says:

    So the first of the Avatar sequels is going to be released dec 2016. Bad news got Star Wars episode 7. Considering Avatar is the biggest movie in cinema history. Nothing has even come close. Star Wars films haven’t even made half the box office of Avatar. Guess it will bury Star Wars. Bad luck Disney.

    • Living the Geek Life says:

      First off, Episode VII comes out in 2015, not 2016. Secondly, I think it’s adorable that you think Avatar is in any way on the same level as or bigger than the cultural phenomenon Star Wars is.

    • Movie Lover says:

      But it is doubtful that Avatar sequels will get anywhere close to the original movie’s box-office collections.

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