We’ve known for some time now that Sigourney Weaver would be returning for the Avatar sequels, despite her character being killed off in the original film. As for how she returns, Weaver has often quoted director James Cameron’s words to her – “In science fiction, no one ever dies.” But in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Weaver is hinting a bit at exactly how her character may not have really “died.”
I can’t talk about it, but my part is a little different in each one… I’ll transform somewhat.
Given that in the first film Weaver’s character of Grace Augustine supposedly died while the alien Na’vi were attempting to upload her consciousness directly into her artificially created avatar after her human body was mortally wounded in an attack from Stephen Lang’s Colonel Quatrich character, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Since we’ve seen how the planet of Pandora seems to have an interconnectedness between all its species, I would not be surprised to see Grace return after her consciousness/soul/whatever has traveled through the planet’s ecosphere (soulsphere?), perhaps in some vessel specifically grown for her. That would seemingly address Weaver’s “transform” comment. And that could lead to a whole other line of stories as well. Imagine what would happen when people on Earth hear about the possibility of extending their lifespans through something like this.
Currently Caeron is working on the screenplays for the trio of Avatar films he has planned with screenwriters Josh Friedman (War Of The Worlds), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Shane Salerno (Savages) each working on one of the sequels. The films will role out annually at Christmas time starting in 2016.