We’ve known for a long time that Sigourney Weaver will return for “Avatar: The Way of Water,” but what hasn’t been clear is how Weaver’s character, Dr. Grace Augustine, died in the first movie.
It has now been revealed in Empire that not only returns, but we have already seen it in the trailer. It turns out that the actress plays a new character: Kiri, a teenage Na’vi who is the adopted daughter of Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).
Weaver tells the outlet that she was thrilled that Cameron gave her that challenge, saying that she was 5′ 10′ or 5′ 11′ when she was 11 years old and that she knew how awkward the character of Kiri would be most of the time. Cameron says her “Aliens” star was more than willing to do it:
“As an acting challenge, it’s great. We’re going to have a 60-something-year-old actor playing a character [decades younger than] your actual biological age. Sig thought it was all kinds of fun. [She] just got younger. She looked younger, had more energy, and never quite left Kiri during our entire capture period. He had a sparkle in his face and a lightness in her step and a fun spirit.”
Weaver also trained with elite military divers and learned to hold his breath underwater for six minutes while filming a scene for the film.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” opens in theaters on December 16.