Sigourney Weaver’s Mystery Role In Avatar 2 Revealed
We have finally found out who or what Sigourney Weaver will be playing in the upcoming Avatar 2 film, and it is a big surprise.
When it was announced that Sigourney Weaver would be returning for the next installment of James Cameron’s long-promised Avatar series, it raised a few eyebrows. Not because anyone was upset about the critically acclaimed veteran of science fiction, action, comedy, and gorilla drama classic coming back. But there is a little issue with her character from the first Avatar movie, Doctor Grace Augustine, dying after being shot by Stephen Lang’s brutal Colonel Miles Quaritch. However, according to Empire Magazine, Sigourney Weaver will be appearing in Avatar 2 (also known as Avatar: The Way of Water) as an alien teenager.
Few would probably have expected 72-year old, three-time Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver to be taking on the role of a giant blue extra-terrestrial teen, but never let it be said that Weaver backs down from a challenge. According to Empire’s Avatar-themed issue, Sigourney Weaver will be playing a character named Kiri, the adopted Na’vi daughter of Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña). The plot of Avatar 2 takes place more than a decade after the explosive end of the first movie, so it seems Jake and Neytiri have had enough time to settle down and form a family unit. At the end of the first movie, Jake was also permanently locked into his “avatar” Na’vi-human hybrid form, so it is possible his status as something of an artificial being may have something to do with this adoption.
Considering that one of the huge conceptual hooks of the Avatar series so far (and the technology that makes the story possible) is the transfer of consciousness or souls between bodies and experiences, we suspect there may be something to Sigourney Weaver showing up as a new character in Avatar 2. Given that Doctor Grace Augustine acted as a mentor to Jake and a defender of the Na’vi against the rapaciousness of the Resources Development Administration, it would be thematically appropriate for Weaver to now be playing the child of Jake. It is even possible that Kiri might actually be a literal reincarnation of Doctor Augustine in Avatar 2, which could raise even more questions about the ability of spirits to be moving between bodies and species.
On the other hand, Sigourney Weaver might be returning for Avatar 2 simply because James Cameron likes working with her. The collaboration between the actor and the director goes all the way back to 1986’s Aliens, the second installment in another classic science fiction franchise. That film had a number of similarities to the Avatar series, including a different amoral, endlessly greedy corporation tangling with aliens they do not fully grasp and space marines. James Cameron certainly does have some consistent interests.
Whether or not there will be a Kiri subplot in Avatar 2 in which we discover that the Na’vi teen is a reincarnation of a deceased human scientist, the movie is one of the more anticipated upcoming science fiction films. It has been 13 years since the unexpected and colossal box office success of the first movie, so everyone is waiting to see if Avatar 2 will replicate both the visual beauty and the dollar signs.