Often referred to as the queen of sci-fi or an actress's actress, Sigourney Weaver is one of Hollywood's brightest stars. She's brought to the world immeasurable joy in such films as Ghostbusters, Gorillas In The Mist, Galaxy Quest, and the highest grossing film of all time, Avatar. But she's best known to us as legendary Xenomorph ass-kicker Ellen Ripley from the genre-defining Alien franchise (and you can see some of the fascinating behind-the-scenes action from it in the video below).
There's really no limit to this woman's artistic range. She's done everything from horror to science fiction to action to thriller to comedies. She's ventured into television with a leading role in the USA miniseries Political Animals, where she played Hillary Clinton. The actress has been nominated for three Oscars in her career, most notably for playing Ripley.
Even at the age of 66, Weaver is showing no signs of slowing down. Her upcoming 2017 movie releases (and beyond) can attest to that. Let's take a look at what's to come from this legendary actress of the stage and screen as we wait for the ever-prolonged green light for Alien 5.
1. A Monster Calls (Focus Features)
- Release Date: January 6, 2017
The newest effort from up-and-coming director J.A. Bayona, A Monster Calls tells the story of a young boy named Connor O'Malley who seeks the aid of a monster to combat his inability to deal with his internal conflicts. The film is based on the book by Patick Ness and stars, along with Weaver, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall, Toby Kebbell and Liam Neeson as the voice of the titular monster. As a fan of the book, I will warn you to bring a box of tissues with you when you see this film. It tears at the heartstrings and brings the feels level to the utter max. We're talking every Disney/Pixar film's ending combined here. That's how powerful this story is. Be prepared.
Goosebumps, right? January can't come fast enough.
2. (Re) Assignment (Saban Films)
- Release Date: 2017
This film follows the story of an ace assassin (Michelle Rodriguez) who's double-crossed by gangsters and turned over to a mysterious surgeon (Weaver) who surgically turns him into a woman. The hitman — now hitwoman — then sets out for revenge in this newest action flick from director Walter Hill. Originally titled Tomboy, this film has undergone several transformations of its own. Personally, I love seeing Michelle Rodriguez beat the crap out of people. She is, after all, one of the greatest action stars we have in Hollywood today. The pairing of Rodriguez and Weaver in Avatar didn't let us down last time. Hopefully this film will follow suit.
3. Avatar 2 (Twentieth Century Fox)
- Release Date: TBA
Speaking of films whose development statuses are all over the place, Avatar 2 is the follow-up to the science fiction/fantasy masterpiece, Avatar, a feat not easily accomplished in an endless war for the top spot with Disney. It's unknown at this time exactly what storyline the film will be pursuing. We've heard so many variations coming from the studio, stars, and James Cameron himself, it's impossible to sort all the rumors out to one single story that makes sense. Actor Stephen Lang, who played big bad Miles Quaritch in the original film, stated recently that filming will commence in early 2017. Well, no offense to Mr. Quaritch, but, been there, done that. I'll wait until we get some concrete proof before I get my hopes up again.
Sigourney Weaver is the embodiment of legendary achievement. And even though we still have plenty to look forward to in the near future from this statuesque beauty, I still can't wait to see her step back into the shoes of the heroine that made her the star she is today in Neill Blomkamp's forthcoming Alien 5.