‘Avatar’ Sequels: Sigourney Weaver Confirmed to Play ‘Different’ Character

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That Sigourney Weaver is going to be playing a role in James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar trilogy despite her character Dr. Grace Augustine having died in the first installment, has been common knowledge for some time now; Weaver apparently knew about Cameron’s plans to shoot three more Avatar films before even franchise producer Jon Landua did. (Or, before the latter was willing to publicly admit that this is, in fact, Cameron’s extra-ambitious plan, anyway.)

Regardless, we now have official confirmation that the Oscar-nominated star – a geek icon for her roles in the Alien and Ghostbusters franchises as well as such films as Galaxy Quest – is among the cast members set for the forthcoming Avatar movies.

In the first installment of Cameron’s sci-fi saga, it was implied that Dr. Augustine’s consciousness had become part of the Pandora planet’s ‘biological neural network’, following her death; just a month or so ago, Weaver further teased that she her role will be “a little different” in each of the next three Avatar movies, which makes sense – given that her character now seemingly exists in a non-definite form, so to speak.

Cameron has added a bit more intrigue to that yet-to-be-solved mystery, with his official statement that confirms Weaver is a cast member in the Avatar trilogy ahead:

“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.”

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Dr. Augustine isn’t the only human who’ll be returning from the dead in the Avatar sequels. Last year, Camero also confirmed that, in addition to Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana reprising as Jake Sulley and Neytiri (as long expected), Stephen Lang is coming back despite his character Col. Miles Quaritch, having seemingly perished afar taking a few arrows to the chest in the first installment. As with Weaver, Cameron refrained from detailing how, exactly, hard-as-iron Quaritch is being resurrected for the new Avatar trilogy, but also indicated that the antagonist may be painted in more shades of grey this time around – he will “evolve into really unexpected places,” to be exact.

In many ways, the first chapter in Cameron’s other-worldly epic unfolded as a Disney-esque fantasy adventure with its mythos and the allegorical core of the story rooted in sci-fi concepts (more than a work of “hard science fiction”); which is to say, the actual explanation for Weaver and Lang’s return in the sequels doesn’t, per se, need to be too convoluted.

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It’s feasible that the forthcoming Avatar trilogy will offer a more innovative three-film story arc than the first installment’s narrative, in part thanks to Cameron having made the writing process a collaborative one – with the scripts having been co-penned by Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Savages). There are various reasons for why the first Avatar movie’s plot is, by and large, conventional to a fault, but the outcome is the same no matter how you approach it – Cameron is stepping up his game on the Avatar sequels.

Could we be potentially looking at a Terminator to Terminator 2: Judgement Day level of improvement in storytelling, with the Avatar movies ahead? It’s by no means guaranteed, of course, but far be it from us to bet against Cameron proving successful at anything that he puts his mind to, at this point in his career.


Avatar 2 is slated to reach theaters in December 2016, followed by Avatar 3 in December 2017 and Avatar 4 in December 2018.

Source: 20th Century Fox

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  1. I hope he still has room for a part for Michael Biehn or Arnold.

  2. It seems like the same news about these films is being re-released on repeat every month…

  3. The man needs to get this “Avatar” phase done and dusted….. we wants so Alita action.

    Flan is life you know…….

  4. hmmm…

  5. I have no idea what makes the first one such a hit. I watched it, but it never grew on me.

  6. @Kirk, I think this guy(JC) is the only director who can bring people to movies who would normally never ever go to movies.
    We(movie geeks) will go to any big budget movies… but more importantly, he won those none movie people w/ his previous movies.
    Titanic was big w/ young girls and old folks… (which is HUGE).

    Having said all these.. I really don’t care for Avatar 2..

    I wish he took on Batman vs Superman :-) (do something where he doesn’t have to worry about delivering messages.. and just focus on delivering huge mega budget action movies.. but we all know.. that will never ever happen again).
    Do true sequel to Aliens.. oh man.. oh man

    • Have you seen his Spider-Man script? That right there disqualifies him from superhero movies.

  7. Wheee! She’s playing a new incarnation of Ripley!!!

  8. Since Weaver’s character died while trying to cross to her avatar, and she stated while dying that she was with the pandora version of mother nature, that deity could have a physical manifestation played by weaver, conceivably.

  9. I love Sigourney Weaver, but what’s the obsession of bringing her back? It’s not like her character was anything special.

  10. Sigourney Weaver as Pandora. Yes that is the “different” role.

  11. Oh, great! More Avatar sequel news… [stares into hidden camera like Jim from The Office]

  12. I can’t wait but I bet that there will be Avatar prelude as well. Just like Hobbits to the Lord of the Ring.

  13. I didn’t care for the first one. I’ve been meaning to go back and re-watch it, but it feels like homework to do it, so I haven’t yet.

    I just saw the special extended version of Terminator 2 the other day. Man, that was BRUTAL! Sleep-inducing at points. That movie has NOT aged well. From the bad haircuts to Furlong’s shrill prepubescent shrieking, to horrible lines like “I need a vacation.” It was basically a routine, formulaic (car chase, foot chase, gun fight, fist fight, explosion, etc) 80s action movie done well at the time. And I loved it as much as anyone back in the day. But Cameron’s “charm” is long gone for me.

  14. So if Avatar 4 isn’t coming out until December 2018 it means at the earliest we won’t see a non Avatar film from James Cameron until late 2020 but at his pace probably 2021 or 2022.
    I know this is old news but man that’s a bummer.

    Avatar was what it was and 3 more movies are coming no matter what but I can’t deny that I would love to see something different from him before this decade is up.

  15. It would be kinda cool if they all came back as some kind of pandorans but a few years ago JC said the sequels were nonlinear so maybe they will preceed and lead in to avatar 1. Then they could release avatar 1 again after the new 3. They might even go so far as have Worthington play the twin who dies

  16. The 3-D/IMAX resurrection boom helped Avatar out years ago. I think it’s got a lot of competition to stand out. They can’t do the Ferngully story again, and it has to be more than “ohh la la visual spectacle” because that was done the first time.