Weaver back with Cameron for 'Avatar'


Sigourney Weaver is reteaming with director James Cameron for a role in his upcoming sci-fi adventure "Avatar" for 20th Century Fox.

The actress, who was nominated for an Academy Award for "Aliens," her previous collaboration with Cameron, will take a supporting role alongside lead actors Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana.

Also joining the cast for the heavily anticipated film are Joel David Moore ("Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"), CCH Pounder ("The Shield"), Peter Mensah ("Hidalgo"), Laz Alonso ("Stomp the Yard") and Wes Studi ("The New World").

Fox confirmed the casting.

In the CGI-intensive film, which will be shot in 3-D, Weaver will play veteran explorer Grace, who serves as a mentor to Worthington's character Jake, a wounded former Marine who leads his indigenous race in an interplanetary battle for survival.

"Sigourney and I have always looked back fondly on our collaboration in 'Aliens,' and we're excited at the prospect of working together again," Cameron said. "She has a unique blend of strength, sensitivity and intelligence needed to play the character of Grace, and she has a special significance for fans of science fiction. So in addition to being perfect in all ways for the part, there is something special about her returning to the genre in our film. I was thrilled when she responded so strongly to the script, and I can't wait to see what she creates."

The movie begins principal photography in April, with plans for a summer 2009 3-D release.

Weaver's upcoming projects include Columbia Pictures' "Vantage Point," ThinkFilm's "The TV Set" and the indie film "The Girl in the Park." She is represented by UTA.