Signourey Weaver is set to star in the three upcoming Avatar sequels.
Don’t worry, you’re not going mad, her character, Dr Grace Augustine, did indeed die in the first film but that hasn’t stopped director James Cameron from ensuring the 64-year-old star is on board for Avatar 2, 3 and 4.
“Signourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made Aliens,” Cameron said in a statement. “We’re good friends who’ve always worked well together, so it 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.”
Weaver will join Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang in the forthcoming sequels.
Set in 2154 when humans are running out of the Earth’s natural resources, the first Avatar film follows Jake Sully (Worthington), a disabled former Marine. He is sent to the alien planet of Pandora to help the Resources Development Administration mine for a valuable mineral, operating as an avatar because Pandora’s atmosphere is poisonous to humans.
While on Pandora, Jake becomes integrated into the native Na’vi society, falls in love with Na’vi Neytiri (played by Saldana) and changes allegiances, at the end becoming transferred permanently into his avatar body.
The Avatar sequels will be filmed back to back and released over three years, with the first set to hit cinemas in December 2016.
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