Sigourney Weaver Appearing In ‘Avatar’ Sequels As Different Character


Those of us who were super bummed when Siqourney Weaver’s “Avatar” character, Grace Augustine, died at the end of the film can now take solace knowing that Weaver will in fact be back.

James Cameron and 20th Century Fox made the official announcement Monday, stating that Weaver will appear in the sequels as a new character.

“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,” Cameron said in a statement. “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 reveal any details about her character, but she will be working alongside Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang, whom will reprise their roles from the original.

There will be three “Avatar” sequels with plans to have them filmed back-to-back. The first will be released in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017 and the third a year later.

Most of the first “Avatar” film was filmed in New Zealand and the sequels are expected to be filmed there as well. Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox agreed to spend at least $412 million in the country on each film in exchange for a film industry tax rebate of 25 percent.

First released in December 2009, “Avatar” is still the top-grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office, earning $2.8 billion.

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