If you haven’t seen Avatar, you should be aware that the following will contain spoilers. Sigourney Weaver is set to return to James Cameron’s Avatar franchise, with THR reporting that the actress has signed on for the next three films in the series.
If you’ve seen the first film, then you may remember that Weaver’s character, Grace, died prior to the final act. Here’s what James Cameron had to say: “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”
The untitled Avatar sequels will be filmed back to back, and will also see Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang return to the cast. It’s going to be interesting to see what they come with to bring Weaver back, since they’re also brining Lang back as a villain. Here’s what Cameron said a while back regarding Lang reprising his role as the villain, even though he was killed off at the end of the first film: “I’m not going to say exactly how we’re bringing him back, but it’s a science fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga.”
Fingers crossed they come up with something somewhat plausible. The first sequel will be released in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017 and the third a year later.