Sigourney Weaver has revealed she has wrapped filming for Avatar 2 and 3 in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Asked if she plays a different role in each of the four sequels, Weaver said it’s a “continuous character.” Asked if her character in the sequels related to Dr. Grace Augustine from the first film, she answered “no, not really.”
Sigourney Weaver also talked more about the production. “We just finished shooting two and three. We shot it in LA and James has announced publicly that there’s a lot of underwater work, so we learned how to free dive and we did many scenes underwater which was challenging and kind of cool,” she said.
She added the water scenes in the film will be quite the experience, while James Cameron’s scripts are amazing. “I think that because the water becomes another world. The scripts are amazing, and in the first one, which I love, I think he hadn’t set up a lot of things. In this one he got to tell this very personal story. They’re amazing. There’s a message to not sacrifice everything for greed and conquest. It will take all four movies to really make that message loud and clear for the whole world.”
It also sounds like she would still be interested in Neill Blomkamp’s Alien movie that didn’t move forward. “We almost started to do it when I was working with James Cameron. But by the time we were put off by Fox, Neill had gotten so many jobs that we’d have to wait probably. I’m busy doing Avatar 4 and 5. I love working with Neill and I think he’d do a terrific job, and James Cameron really thinks it’s a great idea, so you never know. Right now, I think Neill’s got like three projects going at once.”
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver are returning from the first Avatar, which remains the highest-grossing film worldwide with $2.7 billion. Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin are also on board. The young members of the Sully family are played by Jamie Flatters, Britain Dalton, and Trinity Bliss, while the Metkayina Clan members are played by Bailey Bass, Filip Geljo, and Duane Evans Jr. Jack Champion is playing Javier “Spider” Socorro, a human teenager, born at Hell’s Gate but who prefers his time in the Pandoran rainforest more than the asphalt of Hell’s Gate.
James Cameron started filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 on September 25, 2017. Avatar 2 is scheduled to open in theaters on December 18, 2020, and will be followed by Avatar 3 on December 17, 2021. Filming will then begin on Avatar 4 and Avatar 5, which will be released on December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025.
“The interesting conceit of the ‘Avatar’ sequels is it’s pretty much the same characters,” Cameron said previously. “There are new characters and a lot of new settings and creatures, so I’m taking characters you know and putting them in unfamiliar places and moving them on this greater journey. But it’s not a whole bunch of new characters every time. There’s not a new villain every time, which is interesting. Same guy. Same motherf*cker through all four movies. He is so good and he just gets better. I know Stephen Lang is gonna knock this out of the park.”
The Avatar sequels will be produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment. The James Cameron-directed sequels are written by Cameron along with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno.