Sigourney Weaver is coming back from the dead.
The “Avatar” actress has been set for all three forthcoming sequels to James Cameron's sci-fi blockbuster, though she'll be playing “a different and in many ways more challenging character” than Dr. Grace Augustine, who died near the end of the first film.
“Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made 'Aliens,'” said Cameron in a statement posted to Deadline. “We”re good friends who”ve always worked well together, so it just feels right that she”s coming back for the 'Avatar' sequels. … We”re both looking forward to this new creative challenge, the latest chapter in our long and continuing collaboration.”
Speaking of sequels, Weaver recently expressed interested in making a fifth “Alien” movie, though there are currently no plans for another installment (though a “Prometheus” sequel is currently in the works).
Set to be filmed back-to-back-to-back, the three untitled “Avatar” sequels are currently slated for release every December between 2016-2018. The first film is the highest-grossing of all time, with a worldwide box-office total of more than $2.7 billion.
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