James Cameron has not made it a secret that his former Foreigners old Sigourney Weaver would return to the next successor Avatar: The Way of the Water. The role that was a mystery was who she would play. Weavers character i Avatar, Grace Augustine, died near the end of the original film. So how would she behave in the sequel?
Well, of course she wanted to play a whole new character. That was revealed by Cameron and Weaver in a new interview with empire. This time, Weaver takes over the role of a new member of Na’vi; Jake and Neytiri’s adopted teenage daughter, Kiri.
Weaver told empire she had no trouble getting into the headspace of a character decades younger than she is. “I think we all pretty much remember what we felt as teenagers,” she said. “I certainly do. I was 5’10” or 5’11 “when I was 11 … I was excited to get that challenge from Jim.”
Cameron said of Weaver’s performance as Kiri: “She looked younger, she had more energy and she never completely stepped out of Kiri throughout our capture period. She had a glow in her face and lightness in her crotch and a funny spirit.”
And here is the first picture of Kiri from The Way of Water.
Avatar: The Way of the Water is scheduled to open in theaters on December 16th. Yes, finally after 13 years and endless delays, the first of one fire planned Avatar successors will be released before the end of this calendar year.
Each subsequent sequel is expected to premiere two years later – that is Avatar 3 to open around Christmas 2024, Avatar 4 premieres around Christmas 2026, and Avatar 5 was to debut around Christmas 2028. Let’s hope we’re all still here to see it.