Though her character didn't make it to the final credits of James Cameron's blockbuster "Avatar" film, Sigourney Weaver has always remained the optimist that she would have a role in the next two films.
Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Weaver confirmed the news saying, "Don't worry, I will be back. Jim Cameron says no one ever dies in science fiction. He's told me the stories for the next two movies, and I have to say that they're absolutely wonderful and there's a real treat in store."
I did a bit more digging, and apparently Weaver has been more forthcoming with her character's resurrection than previously mentioned. Back in early 2010, in an interview with French television show Le Grand Journal, she said that her character's consciousness from her dying human body became embedded in the "Tree of Souls."
"Apparently the Na'vi will realize that Grace's consciousness survived in the tree and will once again try to transfer it into Grace's avatar. This time successfully," the site WorstPreviews.com reported.
That Cameron would bring back Weaver is no surprise, especially considering the pair's close partnership on environmental initiatives. In 2009, the actress joined the 57-year-old in Brazil to protest the proposed Belo Monte Dam Complex, and Weaver later narrated a Google Earth video on the devastating effects of the project.
This past June, she was awarded the prestigious Rachel Carson Award at the 2011 National Audubon Society Women in Conservation Luncheon.