The Way Of Water Used Older Sigourney Weaver Movies As Reference To Create Kiri

With various references to bounce off of, Letteri and the rest of the team at Weta Workshop began formulating a plan to bring Kiri to life. While they could certainly do a lot with special effects, the challenge of making the character truly feel real ultimately relied on Weaver’s motion-capture performance. Thankfully, she already had a very clear vision of what Kiri should be like, which she channeled into her performance.

“Sigourney’s performance, I think, was really critical,” said Letteri, “because when you watch Sigourney perform, she drops instantly into character as a 14-year-old girl. She’s fantastic at it.”

It’s not a secret that Weaver used memories and experiences from when she was a young girl as inspiration for Kiri. When news of the casting was announced in Empire Magazine, she referred to it as a challenge to both Cameron and herself.

“I think we all pretty much remember what we were feeling as adolescents. I certainly do,” Weaver recalled. “I felt strongly that Kiri would feel awkward a lot of the time. She’s searching for who she is.”

You can see Weaver re-channel her younger self in “Avatar: The Way of Water,” which is currently making a splash in theaters.

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