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Sigourney Weaver will play different character in 'Avatar' sequels

Sigourney Weaver’s character died in battle at the end of Avatar, but James Cameron isn’t letting that get in the way of bringing the actress back for the three sequels he begins filming later this year. Dr. Grace Augustine, the idealistic but tough-as-nails scientist who advocated peaceful outreach with the Na’vi, won’t be resurrected. Instead, Cameron has other ideas.

“Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made Aliens. We’re good friends who’ve always worked well together, so it just feels right that she’s coming back for the Avatar sequels,” the director said in a statement.

“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 isn’t the only Avatar actor who will appear in the sequels even though their character perished in the first film. Stephen Lang, who played the scar-faced Marine Miles Quaritch, will also return, as a revitalized version of the same villain. Sam Worthington and Zoë Saldana will reprise their characters in the as-yet untitled sequels, which will be filmed back-to-back. The release of the next Avatar movie will be in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later.

Casting Net: Noomi Rapace to play seven sisters in dystopian pic; Plus, Sigourney Weaver, more

• Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) will play seven sisters in the dystopian pic What Happened to Monday? Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) is set to direct the movie about a set of septuplets born into a strictly enforced one-child per family society. Wirkola originally intended to cast a man in the lead. In the release announcing the news, he said: “I was struck by the complexities of having an actor portray seven characters and immediately knew Noomi was the ideal actor — male or female — to bring them to life.” Max Botkin wrote the script, which made the 2010 Black List. [THR]


'Mortal Instruments' sequel moving forward

Fans of Cassandra Clare’s fantasy book series may get another big-screen adventure.

The Mortal Instruments sequel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, is moving forward, EW has confirmed; The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. Originally, the sequel was set to begin filming this past September, but after a disappointing return on the first film, those plans were delayed — and reportedly scrapped, although a rep for Constantin Film tells EW that was never the case.

The first installment of the YA franchise, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, received poor reviews and underperformed at the box office when it opened in August, grossing about $31 million against a $60 million budget.

“We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film — particularly with the positioning and marketing — and what changes we have to make,” Martin Moszkowicz, Constantin Film’s head of film and TV, told The Reporter. “We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise [for City of Ashes].”

The film hopes to resume production some time next year. Originally, Sigourney Weaver had been attached to join the franchise’s second installment as head of the Shadow Hunters.

Casting Net: Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver circling Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'; Plus 'Jersey Boys' updates, more

• Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Sigourney Weaver (Alien), John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), and Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) are circling Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus, starring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses. Paul, now free of his Breaking Bad commitments, is currently in talks to play the part of Joshua, a Hebrew slave. Kingsley would be joining as a Hebrew scholar, while Turturro and Weaver are set to join as Ramses’s parents. Moneyball co-writer Steven Zaillian (who won an Oscar for Schindler’s List), wrote the latest version of the script. The shoot is scheduled to begin in September. [THR; Variety]


Casting Net: Sigourney Weaver in talks to lead the Shadowhunters; Plus, Joan Cusack, James Marsden join Kristen Wiig comedy, more

• The franchise business can be a funny one. Save for a few clips here and there, the world has yet to see — let alone weigh in on — the first film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, which opens on August 21, but the filmmakers are already gearing up to start shooting the second installment in October. Sigourney Weaver is in negotiations to play one of the few new roles that appear in City of Ashes, the second book in Clare’s series about a normal girl (played by Lily Collins) who finds out she’s actually a Shadowhunter, or, a race of sort-of humans who protect the world from werewolves, vampires, and other mystical creatures. Weaver would play the leader of the Shadowhunters out for vengeance against the man who killed her son. [THR]


Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Justin Timberlake among presenters at SAG Awards

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have announced the first round of presenters, and rest assured, it’s a star-studded affair.

The full lineup consists of current awards season darlings Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, and Jennifer Lawrence — all of whom are currently nominated for SAG awards — as well as former SAG nominees Viola Davis, Justin Timberlake, and Sigourney Weaver.

The SAG Awards ceremony will air on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. ET, and televised on TNT and TBS.

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‘Vamps’: Matthew Crawley pals around with vampires -- VIDEO

Mark your calendar for a new camp classic in the form of Clueless meets Twilight meets the best idea ever. In the trailer for Vamps, Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter star as gal-pal vampires who are young, fabulous and secretly undead. When Stacy (Ritter) falls in love with Joey Van Helsing (Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens), the son of a vampire hunter, things get complicated. They also get sexy, as evidenced by some shirtless coffin time.

Best exchange from the trailer:
Wallace Shawn (!!!): Do you plan to suck the life out of him?
Krysten Ritter: No more than any other girlfriend!

Check it all out — complete with a random Sigourney Weaver appearance — below: READ FULL STORY

'Avatar' sequels to shoot back-to-back... to back, says Sigourney Weaver

When James Cameron told The New York Times last month that he was “in the Avatar business — period,” he meant it. He claimed then that he was focused only on making sequels to the biggest movie of all time — even hinting that he had three more chapters in mind, making Avatar the rare trilogy-plus-one. Now Sigourney Weaver has confirmed the quadrilogy, telling Showbiz411 that she’ll film the three sequels… back-to-back-to-back! Weaver, whose collaborative relationship with Cameron stretches back to Aliens, said she’ll head back to Pandora after starring in Christopher Durang’s Lincoln Center production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which opens Nov. 12.

It’s understandable why Cameron and his financiers want to film all the sequels together, but for every successful Lord of the Rings that reined in costs with no apparent adverse effect on storytelling quality, there are twofer sequels like those of The Matrix that disappointed mightily. It would be foolish, however, to bet against Cameron, who has built an empire by defying convention and surpassing the highest expectations.

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