Sigourney Weaver’s Surprising Role In ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Revealed

Weaver played Dr. Grace Augustine in the first film.

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We now know who Sigourney Weaver is playing in James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water.

In the first Avatar film, Sigourney Weaver reunited with her Aliens director and played Dr. Grace Augustine, who died at the end. When it was revealed that Weaver would be returning for The Way of Water, it was speculated that she would be returning as her character from the first film.

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As it turns out, Sigourney Weaver played a new Na’vi character named Kiri, the adoptive daughter of Jake and Neytiri. The 60-year-old actress talked to Empire about the unique opportunity to play a younger character in Avatar: The Way of Water:

“I think we all pretty much remember what we were feeling as adolescents. I certainly do. I was 5’ 10” or 5’ 11” when I was 11. I felt strongly that Kiri would feel awkward a lot of the time. She’s searching for who she is. I was thrilled to be given that challenge by Jim.”

James Cameron also discussed the challenge of Sigourney Weaver playing a teenager in the long-awaited Avatar sequel:

“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. Sigourney 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.”

Sigourney Weaver’s Kiri was seen in Avatar: The Way of Water‘s first trailer and poster, but you can get another look at the character below.

Here is the synopsis for James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water:

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.

Directed by James Cameron from a script he co-wrote with Josh Friedman, Avatar: The Way of Water stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, Giovanni Ribisi, and Kate Winslet.

Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters on December 16, 2022. Stay tuned for the latest news on the upcoming film, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Empire

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.