Sci-Fi Legend Sigourney Weaver May Join Star Wars Universe

Sci-Fi Legend Sigourney Weaver May Join Star Wars Universe

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The Mandalorian and Grogu may have its first new cast member, and she’s a sci-fi legend. Sigourney Weaver, the star of Alien, Avatar, and Ghostbusters, is in talks to join the next Star Wars film, scheduled to hit theaters May 22, 2026.

The news was first reported by TheInSneider and a Lucasfilm representative could not be reached for comment. io9 sources, however, do believe the story to be accurate. There’s also no word on who Weaver could be playing in the film but it’s Star Wars! She could be anyone or anything: human, alien, bounty hunter, droid. She played a teenage version of herself in 2022’s Avatar: The Way of Water. She’s got range.

The Mandalorian and Grogu is the next Star Wars film coming and, with production expected to start later this year, it makes sense cast is starting to get locked in. Jon Favreau is writing and directing, as he has done on much of the first three seasons of The Mandalorian, with Dave Filoni and Kathleen Kennedy producing. We still don’t even have “official” confirmation of returning Mando cast members such as Pedro Pascal, Katee Sackhoff, and others, but we do know that Grogu will be there. And really that’s all that matters.

So what do you think? Does Weaver fit in a galaxy far, far away? Do you want her to play a hero? A villain? A scoundrel? Will you be buying her action figure? To that last question, we certainly say yes.

Want more io9 news? Check out when to expect the latest Marvel, Star Wars, and Star Trek releases, what’s next for the DC Universe on film and TV, and everything you need to know about Doctor Who

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