Sigourney Weaver to return as new character in ‘Avatar’ sequels

Director James Cameron says casting decision "just feels right"

Sigourney Weaver will return to play a new character in the three upcoming Avatar films, it has been confirmed

Weaver played exobiologist character Dr Grace Augustine. but died in the original movie, released in 2009. The actress will come back as a new character in the next three films, with the first sequel due for release in 2016.

Confirming Weaver’s return in a statement, director James Cameron said: “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.”

He added: “We’re both looking forward to this new creative challenge, the latest chapter in our long and continuing collaboration.”

Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang and Zoe Saldana will all return for ‘Avatar 2’, with the next film set to focus on Worthington’s character Jake and his new life on planet Pandora.

Released in 2009, Cameron’s Avatar became the highest-grossing movie of all-time, a title it still holds, with worldwide box office takings exceeding $2.7 billion (£1.7 billion). The first sequel is scheduled for release in December 2016 with the third and fourth films set to follow in 2017 and 2018.