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Sigourney Weaver Explains Why Four ‘AVATAR’ Sequels

July 14, 2017

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Sigourney Weaver has spoken to EW about reprising her role as scientist Dr. Grace Augustine for the four upcoming Avatar sequels. So for those of you who have been asking yourself, why four films… well, she discusses the importance of them.

“There’s a very good reason why it turned out to be four sequels. Having read all four of them, I think they’re absolutely extraordinary and worth the wait. These films are very much about the peril of this beautiful planet, and [James Cameron] is continuing the same themes of greed and callousness of the corporations and plights of the indigenous people. At this point after a long and very satisfying career– I can’t believe it’s been 40 years, but anyway– I’m very excited to be able to work on these four stories. I can really, really appreciate it.”

Pre-production on all four films has been underway back in New Zealand since April, and shooting will begin on September 25 of this year. Avatar 2 and 3 will shoot simultaneously, and 4 and 5 shortly after.

“It’s the most ambitious project by far I’ve ever been involved in, and the most moving, the most astonishing, beautiful. I think all of us who get to be a part of it are just in awe when we see the artwork. It’s just incredible to be living now when we can bring this kind of film experience to the public. Because I think as much as AVATAR changed what people want in a film experience, this goes a hundred times farther.”

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Stephen Lang and Weaver return. Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin joins the franchise. James Cameron and Jon Landau produce through their Lighstorm Entertainment banner. Cameron directs from a script he co-wrote with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno.

The sequels have the following dates: December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025.

 

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