Sigourney Weaver Back in 'Avatar' Sequels as a Different Character

June 9, 2014

Sigourney Weaver

With the exception of some chatter from James Cameron at the Hero Complex Film Festival about how the three Avatar sequels were written, we haven't heard much official about the gestating trio of sequels to follow the 2009 box office record breaker. Back in January we heard that Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana were back for all three sequels, along with the return of Stephen Lang for all three films somehow as well. Now one more cast member from the original film is back for all three sequels as 20th Century Fox has announced that Sigourney Weaver will work with Cameron yet again, but not as the same character.

In the first film, Weaver played scientist Grace Augustine, but she tragically died. This time she'll be playing a "different and in many ways more challenging character in the upcoming films." Considering she appeared as not only the human version of herself but also her Na'vi avatar, she must be playing something completely different. Perhaps she'll be doing motion-capture for an entirely different kind of alien on Pandora. Cameron says, "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. The first sequel arrives in December of 2016, so stay tuned for more.

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Really? Same actress playing a different character... seems odd.

Guy who comments on things on Jun 10, 2014


Totally different type of film, but Cheech Marin played 3 different(bit parts) in 'From Dusk Til Dawn' alone. I mean, this isn't common practice, but I don't see it as anything particularly crazy or odd.

Chris Groves on Jun 10, 2014


Don't forget a classic...Frank Morgan...Wizard of Oz! He played Professor Marvel, The Wizard, The Wizard's Guard, The Emerald City Gate Guard, and he drove the Horse of a Different Color carriage!!

Gohikeone on Jun 10, 2014


And although one was 'voice acting only', John Rhys-Davies played Gimli and Treebeard and LOTR: The Two Towers and Return of the King

Chris Groves on Jun 10, 2014


And I found that (LotR) VERY obvious and annoying! I can't help but think why couldn't they get anyone... ANYONE else to voice that character. Ruined the character. No disrespect to a great actor, he just has a very distinct voice.

Akirakorn on Jun 11, 2014


I think for die-hard fans it might have been more noticeable. Most people never try to think about who is playing who when watching the movie, and many were surprised when I told them that little fact. I don't know, for whatever reason, as long as it isn't too repetitive or constant...and has some kind of justification(like one being a live action role and the other being a voice role) I usually get very excited about the idea of an actor playing multiple characters. I'm very excited at the prospect of Vin Diesel POTENTIALLY playing a 2nd role in the Marvel Universe other than Groot.

Chris Groves on Jun 11, 2014


I am writing something in this space.

Quanah on Jun 10, 2014


...and I shall respond.

TheOct8pus on Jun 10, 2014


Ahhh the old Evil twin sister out for vengeance angle....

DJROBL on Jun 10, 2014


I'm not sure how she could pull off another character. I mean... she's pretty distinct. I've never been like... "omg! THAT was Sigourney Weaver?! No way!!"

avconsumer2 on Jun 10, 2014


In the world of CGI mo-cap characters, anyone can play anyone, as long as the voices don't sound identical to other characters.

Chris Groves on Jun 10, 2014


I'm okay with this. Typically, I'm not a fan of the 'bringing a character back from the dead' concept. Marvel Studios does it all the time to varying degrees, and sometimes it is pulled off much better than others. So hearing that they aren't bringing Grace back from the dead, and are instead having Weaver play a new character...that sounds quite interesting to me.

Chris Groves on Jun 10, 2014


Perhaps she can come back as a Dryad....or a fish, she looks a bit like a fish.

Steven on Jun 10, 2014


At least she has earned more money than you will ever make in your lifetime. Who cares about how she looks?

Mike Zarquon on Jun 10, 2014


Life isn't all about making money.....besides how do you know I'm not someone rich, like that Nigerian Prince that emails me for money. Maybe I might invent something that would change the world, then who would have earned more in a lifetime. She still looks a bit like Dory from Nemo, so get off your high horse.

Steven on Jun 11, 2014

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