Ever since James Cameron started talking about the sequels for Avatar, people have been wondering whether Sigourney Weaver would return. Due to the end of the first film, the initial presumption was that she wouldn’t, but then both Cameron and Weaver started suggesting she might be back after all.
Now that’s been confirmed, with the director himself saying Sigourney will return for all three Avatar sequels.
THR reports Cameron as saying, “Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made Alien. 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.”
Although that suggests she will be playing a completely new character, due to the fact her death in the first film was almost a transition, it’s likely that however she returned it will be strongly linked to her role in the first movie.
The three films are due to be shot back-to-back, with production kicking off this year, with the first of the sequels due out in December 2016. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang are also expected to return.