Who would have thought that Sigourney Weaver would be back in the “Avatar” sequel after the death of her character in the first part? And yet, this is indeed the case and she will play a whole new character: a Na’vi teenager!
When it was announced that Sigourney Weaver would be returning to Pandora for the long-awaited sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar (2009), Avatar: The Way of the Water, fans immediately had questions. How is that possible since her character, the sympathetic human Dr. Grace Augustine, leader of the RDA’s Avatar program, died in the first film? Are we talking about flashbacks or hidden twin sister? The answer is totally unexpected. As revealed by Empire, the actress plays a brand new character: a teenage Na’vi named Kiri, who is none other than the adopted daughter of Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).
For the 72-year-old actress, who once worked with James Cameron on the Alien saga, this was a chance to bring out her inner child. “Ji think we all pretty much remember how we felt as teenagers“, she said. “I certainly remember that. I was 1m78-1m80 when I was 11 years old. I honestly thought Kiri would feel uncomfortable most of the time. She searches for who she is. I was thrilled to take on this challenge from Jim [James Cameron].”
James Cameron, meanwhile, was aware of the work it would mean for the renowned actress. “As an acting challenge, it’s huge”, he says. “We’re going to have a sixty-something actor playing a character [des décennies plus jeune que] his actual biological age. Sig thought it was great fun.”
To recapture that youthful spirit, Sigourney Weaver worked with a group of teenage girls to tap into their energy – and the results were remarkable. “Sigourney just got younger”, remembers Cameron. “She looked younger, she had more energy, and she never really left Kiri during our entire capture period. She had a glow on her face and a lightness in her walk and a fun spirit.”
The revelation of Weaver’s role remains mysterious, however, and raises many other questions that only Avatar: The Way of the Water will be able to answer. For this, go to the dark rooms on December 14, 2022.