Even a little thing like (character) death can’t keep consistent collaborators James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver apart. Deadline reports that Cameron will be bringing back Weaver for all three of his Avatar sequels, despite the (apparently small?) problem that her character in the first film, Grace Augustine, died before the film wrapped up. Oops!
Cameron, however, is unconcerned with such details — really unconcerned, considering he’s also bringing back Avatar alum Stephen Lang for the next round of films, and he also died in the first film — and the filmmaker shares that Weaver will indeed be back for all three films, but with a slight tweak. Weaver will be playing a new character in the films, one that Cameron deems “more challenging.”
In announcing the news, Cameron said: “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.”
Beyond that, there’s no word on what we can expect to see from Weaver, and details on the new Avatar films have been pretty slim, though Cameron himself has let slip that Avatar 2 will focus more on the Na’vi people, will explore the oceans of Pandora with greater depth, and it will pick up several years after the first film. Both Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will reprise their roles. Also of note? The new films will most likely not feature the word “avatar” as part of their titles, so these are all just placeholders until Cameron reveals their real titles. It’s very Star Wars-esque.
Cameron plans to film all three of the Avatar sequels back-to-back-to-back, with all three films rolling out in December (the first will arrive in 2016, Avatar 3 will follow in 2017, and the final entry will hit theaters in 2018). That’s a lot of Avatar.
If you need more Weaver/Cameron collaboration before those Avatar sequels hit, you can read up on what Weaver had to say about the legacy of Alien and check out Cameron’s comments on how to make the subsequent films in a popular franchise work just as well as their predecessors.
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