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Alien actress Sigourney Weaver talks Avatar sequels: 'It works without 4 and 5, but it really is a big saga'

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Oct 29, 2018, 11:40 AM EDT

James Cameron’s Avatar franchise has been building up steam long enough to fill the world’s saunas and it’s kept its stars plenty busy. But now one of them is ready to talk about the planned sequels’ scripts — at least a little bit.

Sigourney Weaver, after appearing as Dr. Grace Augustine in Cameron’s original, has a new character in the four planned sequels. Though she won’t tell much about her (she’s of no relation to Augustine), she’ll talk about the movies themselves and their overarching story. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Weaver said the franchise will share a story, yet will mostly stand alone. “It’s kind of one story,” the actress said. “They’re all independent. It works without 4 and 5, but it really is a big saga.”

That could mean the final two films in the series are some sort of epilogue while the main trilogy pushes a message that Weaver says is about “not [sacrificing] everything for greed and conquest.” Weaver continued by saying that, “It will take all four movies to really make that message loud and clear for the whole world.” While the first movie seemed to push that theme relatively hard, apparently the sequels continue the fight to even greater lengths.

Speaking of sequels, Weaver was also asked about Neill Blomkamp’s abandoned Alien 5 project. Weaver has gone on to star in one of the District 9 director’s short films, “Rakka,” while continuing to support his script idea, but the direction the franchise has taken under Ridley Scott has been in a decidedly different direction.

Aside from that, Blomkamp is working on so many projects now that hopping back on the franchise train wouldn’t be feasible for his workload. That said, Weaver added “you never know” about when or if Blomkamp’s idea could resurface, since she and Cameron both agreed it was great. But Cameron and Weaver have many, many other sequels to worry about before that script ever sees the light of day.

Avatar 2 is planned to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2020.