June 10th, 2014
10:00 AM ET
Sigourney Weaver's "Avatar" character may have died, but the actress is still on board for the upcoming sequels.
According to multiple reports, Weaver is going to play a new character in James Cameron's franchise about the blue-hued Na'vi who inhabit a moon named Pandora.
“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,” Cameron, who wrote and directed the first "Avatar" and is doing the same with its three sequels, said in a statement.
Since Weaver's Grace Augustine is no more, the 64-year-old actress is going to play "a different and in many ways more challenging character in the upcoming films," Cameron continued. "We’re both looking forward to this new creative challenge, the latest chapter in our long and continuing collaboration.”
The filmmaker has previously said that he plans to release "Avatar 2," "Avatar 3" and "Avatar 4" in quick succession, with the three follow-up installments currently scheduled to arrive in December 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Weaver's former co-stars, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, have signed on to return in the next three films as well.
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