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‘Avatar: The Way of Water’: Sigourney Weaver on Crafting Her New Character Kiri

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Avatar: The Way of Water has been in making for thirteen years, and finally we are days away from going back to the magical world of Pandora. In the upcoming feature, we’ll explore a whole new side of the mystical alien world along with some new characters.

After the unparalleled success of the original movie, James Cameron took his time to chart out the story for multiple sequels, and the core theme of the upcoming feature is familial bonding, and how far we can go to protect the ones we love. On-screen it translates into Jake and Neytiri having a family, and one of the additions to it is a Na’vi teenager, Kiri, played by the director’s long-time collaborator Sigourney Weaver. In a new conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor spoke about how she fought to shape her new character.

In the original movie, Weaver played the head of the Avatar mission Dr. Grace Augustine, who was the antagonist and was subsumed into the Tree Of Life and by the end of the movie. So when Weaver’s casting was announced fans instantly started theorizing how Grace could be brought back as based on the final visuals it was hard to imagine what really happened to her. ” He further explained, “I thought, hang on, there’s this avatar. What could I do with the idea of bringing Sigourney back, playing a kid? It was just a fun idea. I couldn’t get it out of my head.”

Weaver though was quite “delighted” to be recast as the Na’vi teenager. Though the actor revealed that she objected to the initial design of her character, which she described as “too neat and pretty.” The actor and director finally settled for a more awkward teenage version of Kiri. In a separate interview, Weaver described Kiri as a “typical adolescent” who has a “deep love for all things in the world, creatures, plants, everything. So, it makes sense that she can’t be too pretty or neat. All over the cast has commended Cameron’s vision, and certainly, it pays off in the stunning visuals of the upcoming feature.

Along with Weaver, the movie features Sam WorthingtonZoe SaldanaKate WinsletStephen Lang, along with young actors Jamie FlattersChloe ColemanTrinity Jo-Li Bliss, and more.

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