State-of-the-art computer technology makes it possible: Sigourney Weaver plays a teenager in a new “Avatar” film by James Cameron.

The most successful film of all time has a surprise in store in its sequel: According to a report by “Empire” magazine, Sigourney Weaver (72) returns in the role of a teenager in “Avatar: The Way of Water”.

In the first part of the science fiction series (“Avatar – Aufbruch nach Pandora”), Weaver played the character of Dr. Grace Augustine, who, however, dies on the screen. Now, with the help of state-of-the-art computer technology, she slips into the role of Kiri, Jake and Neytiri’s adopted daughter. So she becomes the blue-skinned Na’vi.

“I think we can all remember how we felt growing up,” Weaver told Empire magazine. “I was almost 1.80 meters tall when I was 11 years old. I have a strong feeling Kiri might be feeling weird most of the time. She searches for who she is. I was thrilled that Jim was giving me this challenge.”

Jim – meaning director James Cameron – began producing four “Avatar” films simultaneously in 2017. The planned film releases were postponed more often, most recently because of the corona pandemic. “Avatar: The Way of Water” is now scheduled to hit theaters in mid-December, followed by the other parts in 2024, 2026 and 2028. The original production “Avatar – Aufbruch nach Pandora” (2009) is considered to have global revenues of over 2.8 billion Dollar as the highest-grossing film in history.