Sigourney Weaver is returning for the next three Avatar sequels, despite having been killed off in the first film.
Weaver played Dr. Grace Augustine in the first film, but will be coming back in a completely different role for the sequel.
The actress has a close relationship with the director of the films James Cameron, who said in a statement:
“Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made Aliens. We’re good friends who’ve always worked well together, so it just feels right that she’s coming back for the Avatar sequels.
“Her character of Grace Augustine, as fans know, died in the first movie, so she’s playing a different and in many ways more challenging character in the upcoming films. We’re both looking forward to this new creative challenge, the latest chapter in our long and continuing collaboration.”
Avatar 2 is set for release in December 2016, followed by the third film a year later and the fourth film in 2018.