In a surprising twist, it’s been reported that Sigourney Weaver will still have a part in the Avatar installments that director James Cameron is preparing. This is a pretty big surprise because Weaver’s character Grace died in the first film, but apparently just because she died doesn’t mean that she won’t have a place in the fictional world of Pandora.
News broke today that Weaver will have a place in the upcoming sequels. Weaver opened up to Vulture that she will appear in all three sequels, which is being shot back to back. During the interview she teased that her character will “transform.” This sounds like Grace will be reborn into another living organism in the world, but we aren’t quite certain.
Although she couldn’t really expand on what her role would be in the upcoming Avatar films, she did divulge on how she feels about the change in her role.
“It will be challenging for me. I can’t talk about it, but my part is a little different in each one. I’ll transform somewhat.”
Back in December James Cameron addressed Avatar rumors that were circling around the production. The sequel will go further into the world of Pandora and explore the different cultures that make up the fictional world. Cameron said because of this new investment in delving further into the setting, he plans to shoot everything in New Zealand. The location isn’t surprising given that the original Avatar was shot there as well.
Cameron opened up about what’s in store for the sequels:
“It’s going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora. We’re blowing it out all over the place. At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it.”
As for the Na’vi creatures, Cameron said:
“There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films.”
Avatar 2 is set for a December 2016 release, with Avatar 3 is going to be released on December of 2017 and Avatar 4 will be released in December of 2018. The box office for the original is the highest grossing film of all time, making $2.782 billion worldwide.
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