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Despite her character's death in the first film, Sigourney Weaver will return for three Avatar sequels, Deadline reports.

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"Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we madeAliens," director James Cameron said. "We're good friends who've always worked well together, so it just feels right that she's coming back for the Avatar sequels. Her character of Grace Augustine, as fans know, died in the first movie, so she's playing a different and in many ways more challenging character in the upcoming films. We're both looking forward to this new creative challenge, the latest chapter in our long and continuing collaboration."

Weaver joins Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang, whose character also was killed in Avatar. Production on the sequels will begin later this year, with the first being released in December 2016, the second in December 2017 and the third in December 2018.

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