Tuesday, June 10, 2014
It's the big movie "surprise" news of the day as James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have revealed they've set Sigourney Weaver to return in the director's three Avatar sequels, although in a different role. The filmmaker begins production of the Avatar sequels later this year, and Sigourney Weaver joins the previously announced cast returnees Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang.
“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," said Cameron in a statement. "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 three Avatar sequels will be filmed back-to-back with the first one to be released in December 2016, the second to follow in December 2017 and the third a year later. Released in December 2009, the first Avatar was the top-grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office, earning $2.8 billion.
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