Whenever [movieperson id="9282"]James Cameron[/movieperson] books a second trip to Pandora, he just might have to reserve a seat for star [movieperson id="66097"]Sigourney Weaver[/movieperson]. (Beware: Spoilers coming!) That possibility certainly comes as a surprise, because Weaver’s character dies toward the end of the first film.
But as the actress strongly hinted to MTV News on the red carpet at the Golden Globes on Sunday night (January 22), she could return for a sequel.
“I really can’t say anything, but it’s science fiction,” she said. “Anything can happen.”
In the film, Weaver plays Dr. Grace Augustine, a scientist living on the alien moon of Pandora and interacting with the Na’vi population through the use of her big blue avatar. As relations between the human colonizers and the natives collapse and Augustine and her cohorts decide to protect the Na’vi, she is injured during a gun battle. Grievously wounded, Grace is taken to a holy Na’vi site where a sort of global neural network exists that connects creatures and plant life together. There her mind is essentially uploaded to this naturally occurring supercomputer, while her body is left to expire.
And according to the tight-lipped Weaver, we may not have seen the last of Grace. “I’m not allowed to say anything,” she repeated. “But if you look at the footage, I go somewhere, right?”
So when will a sequel actually happen? With a fifth straight weekend for “Avatar” at the top of the box office and the increasingly likely chance that the movie will knock “Titanic” off its perch as the all-time box-office champ, the pressure is on Cameron to ramp up work on a second franchise film rather than take on a unrelated project. Will he end up diving right back into his “Avatar” world?
“I think it’s what he wants to do,” Weaver said. “He was hoping that we would do well enough so that, now that the world is created, he could have more fun with it. We have such a great ensemble and we love working together. So I hope he continues with it.”
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