When it was introduced that Sigourney Weaver was returning to Pandora for James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar sequel The Approach Of Water, followers had questions. Specifically, how the hell would she be again, since her character – sympathetic human Dr. Grace Augustine, chief of the RDA’s Avatar Program – died in the midst of the primary movie? Are we speaking flashbacks? Or a secret twin sister? The reply is one thing wholly sudden. As revealed in Empire’s upcoming world-exclusive Avatar: The Approach Of Water subject, Weaver is enjoying a complete new character on this movie – and there are issues about her you actually need to know. Firstly, that she’s a Na’vi. Secondly, that she’s referred to as Kiri. And thirdly, and most surprisingly, that she’s Jake and Neytiri’s adoptive teenage daughter. Right here she is on our newly-unveiled subscriber cowl.
We’ll enable you a sentence simply to take that in once more: Sigourney Weaver performs a blue alien teenager in Avatar: The Approach Of Water. For the actor, who additionally labored with Cameron all these years in the past on Aliens, it was an opportunity to deliver her interior little one out to play. “I believe all of us just about bear in mind what we had been feeling as adolescents,” she tells Empire. “I definitely do. I used to be 5’ 10” or 5’ 11” once I was 11. I felt strongly that Kiri would really feel awkward loads of the time. She’s trying to find who she is. I used to be thrilled to be on condition that problem by Jim.”
Cameron was conscious of simply what a leap it might be for the legendary actor. “As an performing problem, it’s huge,” he says. “We’re gonna have a 60-something actor enjoying a personality [decades younger than] her precise organic age. Sig thought it was every kind of enjoyable.” Moving into that mindset meant Weaver workshopping with a bunch of teenage ladies to channel some youthful vitality – and the outcomes had been outstanding. “Sigourney simply turned youthful,” recollects Cameron. “She regarded youthful, she had extra vitality, and he or she by no means fairly stepped out of Kiri for our complete seize interval. She had a glow on her face and lightness in her step and a enjoyable spirit.”
Whereas the reveal of Weaver’s function brings up every kind of different questions on what The Approach Of Water has in retailer, one stands out most strongly: does this imply her mom, Neytiri, will get to inherit Ripley’s most well-known line? We’ll have a couple of months to attend and discover out what “Get away from her, you bitch!” interprets to within the Na’vi tongue.
Empire’s Avatar: The Approach Of Water subject hits newsstands on Thursday 7 July, with unparalleled entry to the movie and its solid and crew – heading to Cameron’s Lightstorm HQ and speaking to the director himself, in addition to producer Jon Landau, stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, and many extra. Plus, it’s stacked with never-before-seen pictures, opening up the world of Pandora like by no means earlier than.
Pre-order a replica on-line right here – and keep tuned to empireonline.com for extra main exclusives. Avatar: The Approach Of Water involves UK cinemas from 16 December.