Actress Sigourney Weaver will no longer play Dr. Grace Augustine in the sequel to Avatar: The Way of Water. Her new character meanwhile is a teenage blue alien.
Her name is Kiri, she is a member of the Na’vi and the adopted daughter of Jake and Neytiri.
The photo appears in this month’s issue of the magazine Empire, which features interviews with the cast and director James Cameron. For Weaver, the role was an opportunity to relive her teenage years.
“I think we all pretty much remember what it felt like when we were teenagers,” she told the publication. “I certainly do. She was 5′ 10″ or 5′ 11″ when she was 11 years old. I strongly felt that Kiri would be uncomfortable most of the time. She is looking for who she is. I was thrilled that Jim gave me that challenge.”
Sigourney Weaver's new Na'vi character Kiri is the subscriber cover star of Empire's world-exclusive #Avatar: The Way Of Water issue. Regular edition on sale Thursday 7 July.
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“Sigourney got younger,” recalls Cameron. “He looked younger, had more energy and never left Kiri during our entire capture period. He had a sparkle in his face and a lightness in his step and a fun spirit.”