Director and world ruler James Cameroncalled Ain't It Cool News last night to release details about the cast of Avatar, his ultra-secret sci-fi project that will mark his first return to the big screen since 1997's Titanic. Here's the big news -- Sigourney Weaver has signed on as Grace, whoever that is. I have only the vaguest notion of what the film's plot is, so I'm not sure if this will a primary role or a sort of bone to throw to long-time fans of Aliens. But either way, it somehow makes me want to see this film a lot more. Cameron also revealed the following names for the cast roster: Peter Mensah, Joel David Moore and C.C.H. Pounder, an actress who is mostly know for television work -- it will be interesting to see what Cameron has in mind for her. He's also trying to get Angelina Jolie "in and out in five days," to boot.
Cameron just returned from three days of location shooting in Hawaii with leads Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington and he will now be moving on to California to begin a shooting stage called "pre-capture." He also gives some details about the stuff he's inventing for the film, including some contraption called a "motion builder" for use in the real-time cinematography, although I can't quite figure out what that could be, based on the details given in the piece. He also confirmed that no director of photography had been chosen yet, and gives details about how the workload will be divided up between himself and the DP who is eventually chosen. He also noted that the first assistant director is coming off of The Polar Express and Beowulf, other motion-capture-heavy projects. Avatar is currently penciled in for release in 2009.