Sigourney Weaver has been cast in James Cameron’s three Avatar sequels, but she won’t be playing the same character.
Deadline reports that Weaver, who played sympathetic scientist Grace Augustine in the 2011 blockbuster, will be back, but as an entirely new character.
“Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made Aliens,” Cameron stated. “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.”
Weaver joins the similarly back-from-the-dead Stephen Lang, as well as Sam Worthington and Zoë Saldana. Production begins later this year, and the first of the sequels will be released in December 2016.