‘Avatar 2, 3 & 4′: Sigourney Weaver Will ‘Transform’ Between Films

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Sigourney Weaver in Avatar Avatar 2, 3 & 4: Sigourney Weaver Will Transform Between Films
What kind of director has the clout to secure an advance green light for three big-budget space-bound sci-fi sequels? James Cameron, of course, whose all-time box office champion Avatar surpassed his own Titanic as the highest-grossing movie of all time (not adjusted for inflation).  Five years ago, Avatar defied many naysayers and took the world by storm, with Cameron promising plenty more adventures set on the distant Pandora.

While the first film took 14 years between conception and realization as James Cameron waited for the technology to catch up with his vision, the director is moving forward with Avatar 2Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 all at once. The main stars of the original are returning: our heroes Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, along with the megalomaniacal villain Col. Quaritch, played by Stephen Lang. And that’s not all.

Cameron’s Aliens star Sigourney Weaver is returning, as well. Weaver portrayed Dr. Grace Augustine, a scientist studying the indigenous life on Pandora and who, like Stephen Lang’s Quaritch, died before the end of Avatar. Just how exactly Weaver’s character will return is a mystery, but the actress recently shed a bit of light on the subject.

Speaking to Vulture, Weaver spoke about filming all three films back-to-back, citing another famous blockbuster trilogy:

“It’s going to be an adventure! It will be awesome. I can’t even imagine what I am taking on —  and what James Cameron is taking on — with filming three ‘Avatars’ at once, but … Peter Jackson did it with the ‘Hobbit’ films, so we have that to look to.”

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The big question, of course, is how Grace can return at all. After being mortally wounded, Worthington’s Sully and Saldana’s Neytiri attempted to save her by transferring her consciousness into that of her avatar. Grace doesn’t survive, but apparently has a spiritual experience and confirms the existence of an overall conscious entity within the planet itself.

Weaver hinted that Grace undergoes more than one transformation over the course of the next three films, saying:

“It will be challenging for me. I can’t talk about it, but my part is a little different in each one. I’ll transform somewhat. We’ll have to talk again when I survive this. For now, I’m going to skittle around and enjoy this leisure time.”

While Cameron has stated that the scripts for the sequels are almost complete, we still don’t know much more about the plot details beyond Avatar 2 being set in Pandora’s oceans. Weaver’s comments do seem to confirm that the sequels will being shooting this fall, as well as echoing Cameron’s assertion that Avatar 2 will complete the over-arcing trilogy he had in mind.

If the fourth film indeed ends up being a prequel to the first film, will Weaver be involved in some way? If so, would the story of Grace’s initial exploration of the Na’vi culture count as one transformation? Expect more plot details to surface as Avatar 2 gears up for production.


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

Source: Vulture

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  1. This looks like she’s gonna be the personification of “Mother Earth” in that planet o_O

    • Yeah pretty much. Meh

      • I figured that much too, but then what does Stephen Lang come back as… Evil entity Satanlike? or a new species.

        • Prob via flashbacks? Theyll prob show how he got that scar on his head.. Idk first contact gone bad. Otherwise, could be anything, clone etc

  2. I hope Stephen Lang comes back as a T-800.

    • Lol. But with a blue paint job

  3. This isn’t even her final form!!

  4. By the time all these movies come out, I’ll be an old man, and I’m only 22.

  5. But we only need one !!

    • We didn’t even really need the first one. I have a feeling these films only exist as like, tech demos, maybe? 3 hour ones. With something that wants to resemble a story thrown in at the last minute for good measure.

      • Yeah, the most successful film of all time was just a 3 hour tech demo with no story, lol. Don’t get me wrong, your entitled to your opinions, but to write off a film as successful as Avatar, suggesting its just a tech demo with a 5 minute story….well, that is nothing short of laughable. Millions of people LOVED Avatar, enough to go back and see it time and time again. Again, your entitled to your opinion, but to try and belittle everyone elses opinion becasue they liked something you didn’t is just pure nonsense. Your subjective opinion on Avatar is no more valid than anyone else who saw the film.

        • +1 even though I have to admit that story was border line stolen from the movie Fern Gully… even had some of the same scenes!

  6. Please do not make me assume my final form.

  7. I went to see the first because I was with family. Now that I’m in California on my own, I dunno…this was more like Ferngully 3-D than anything else, and I’m at peace with the planet lol. I don’t think there’s a new message for me.

    But lemme know when Cameron starts making more T2 type films in 3-D.

  8. I’m SO freakin sick of seeing these articles about the Avatar sequels. Cameron hasn’t even started shooting the second one yet and yet we’re getting all this rubbish about films we’re not gonna be seeing for like another ten years. Seriously, the first Avatar is ridiculously overrated already the last thing we need is Cameron and the internet masturbating over the unnecessary and already overrated sequels that are still BEING DEVELOPED.

    • Thanks for writing my exact thoughts Ben. +1

  9. Yeah i feel the same. Visually, Avatar was stunning. where the movie lacked was story, it was rehashed so many times i was disapointed in Cameron.

    What really disapoints me is that he will be busy with these damn movies for what will seem like forever. I grew up watching his sci-fi greatness and i still watch them today, thats what i yearn for from Cameron…another great Sci fi in the same vein as his Aliens and Terminator movies.

    • I guess because I’m a lifelong gamer, I wasn’t all that impressed with the visuals because it seemed like the same things I’d seen on consoles since around 2002.

  10. Uh, what? How do you evolve from dead?

  11. I loved Sigourney Weaver in the Alien movies (especially the first two!! Couple of my all-time faves!!), and she also was great in The Year of Living Dangerously. Those three movies (first 2 Aliens and TYOLD) were “must haves” for my DVD collection! I have watched them numerous times, and never get tired of them, Weaver being one of many reasons why I like them. She was definitely the woman to play the parts in them she did, couldn’t have found a better actress for them!

  12. WTF? so no one stays dead in movies this days..

  13. That’s ridiculous. Avatar 2, 3 & 4?! Kill me now.

  14. Man, even if it only takes 10 years to shoot and release all these Avatar films he’ll be 69 then…I feel like he won’t ever get to do Battle Angel Alita.

  15. 10 years?? Next one in 2 years 3 in 3 4 in 4. Where do you get the 10 years from?

  16. Is anyone else getting a Dune vibe from this series? They just changed it from desert to jungle. They are mining this planet for a special substance but the natives are getting in the way. One of the humans goes native and helps the locals fight back. And now it looks like some sort of spiritual transformation is going to take place. We just need their version of the worms. Is that the dragon creatures role? Or maybe those trees.

    • Pocahontas…FernGully…Dune…Dances With Wolves…the US involvement in the Middle East…you can say Avatar echoes and borrows from alot of things we’ve seen before, and experience as a society in general. But it is a spectacle to watch, nevertheless.

  17. She didn’t die. She’s in the tree… the planet, whatever. Remember when they did that ceremony, she goes “it’s real…” closes her eyes and then we get the POV shot of what looks like uploading into your Avatar body, the “star-gate” like effect. Except they just tried that and didn’t work, she went into the tree. Planet. Whatever. She’s not dead.

    • Or do you mean that tree got up in her? KNOW WHA IM SAYIN?!

    • I agree, Dr.Augustine was an Exobiologist and dedicated her life and career to studying living organisms on Pandora. Even as she was about to die and being carried toward The Tree of Souls, she talked about collecting samples. When her consciousness (spirit/soul?) passed through Eywa, she chose to become one with Pandora (all of it’s knowledge) instead of coming back as a NaVi.

  18. Yes PLZ do on movie avatar parts 2 to 4 or more?? cut I love avatar as best in action and fantasy and creative a glowing something imaging in adventure and help out from war or else etc….by the way I’m deaf..and very wonderful movie smiling