James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver have been working together since the 80′s, and they’ve managed to have a pretty good run since then. That’s why it doesn’t surprise us that he wants her back for the Avatar sequels he’s got planned. Yes, Weaver’s character, Grace Augustine, died in the 2009 film, but Cameron has created a new character for her to play.

ComingSoon reports that James Cameron announced today that Weaver will return for three Avatar sequels.

“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. 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.”

Also set to return to the franchise are Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang. The Avatar sequels remained untitled, but will be filmed back-to-back. The first sequel is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2016. The last two will follow in December 2017 and December 2018. Cameron is producing with Jon Landau.

Back in February, Cameron mentioned that the script was still in the early stages. He also mentioned that creatures and characters and settings were being designed. While it may seem like a long time between the first Avatar and the sequel (7 years), one has to take into consideration that these films require software and computer graphics that probably haven’t even been invented yet. Cameron isn’t only writing a script here, he’s developing new technology as he goes.

Are you excited for the Avatar sequels? Do you think it’ll be confusing to see Weaver play a different character in the same franchise?