Anyone who still thinks about Avatar, and let us be honest that we don’t meet that many, has speculated what Sigourney Weaver was doing in Avatar: The Way Of Water. Her character in the first movie, Dr. Grace Augustine, died. The speculation was that somehow the planetary ecosystem and it’s strange regenerative powers would be responsible. Or some Resources Development Administration (RDA) trickery involving uploaded consciousness and a new Avatar would be involved.
Not so. It turns out this goes in a completely unexpected direction. I an interview with Empire magazine she has revealed that she is playing an entirely new character, and it is not who you might think.
She will be the performance behind Kiri, a teenage Na’vi who is the adoptive daughter of Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).
Weaver says she was thrilled to be asked back by James Cameron and did not expect the acting challenge to be so intense. Cameron also spoke about her role, saying:
“As an acting challenge, it’s big. We’re gonna have a 60-something actor playing a character [decades younger than] her actual biological age. Sig thought it was all kinds of fun. [She] just became younger. She looked younger, she had more energy, and she never quite stepped out of Kiri for our whole capture period. She had a glow on her face and lightness in her step and a fun spirit.”
The article also reveals that Weaver trained with military divers. In one instance this meant she learned to hold her breath for six minutes. Impressive… most impressive.
Avatar: The Way of Water opens in cinemas on December 16th when we will see if the long wait has built anticipation, or if a return to Pandora is yesterday’s news. There is a distinct lack of buzz around the upcoming movie, but this is still James Cameron and the highest grossing movie of all time. Nobody can count them out.