Sigourney Weaver Knows What to Do When “A Monster Calls”

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has joined the cast of director Juan Antonio Bayona’s . Written by Patrick Ness based on his own novel of the same name, the film follows a young boy who deals with his mother’s terminal illness and his bullying at school by escaping into a fantasy world, guided by a tree monster. Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson are attached to play the mother and the monster, respectively.

Weaver, who is probably still best known for her role as Ellen Ripley in “Alien” and its sequels, these days appears in a wide variety of movies. She played the villainous warden in 2003’s “Holes” (also based on a YA novel, this time by Louis Sachar), appeared in Joss Whedon’s horror comedy “The Cabin in the Woods,” voiced the narrator in “The Tale of Despereaux,” and appeared in the comedies “Baby Mama” and “Cedar Rapids.” She also played scientist Dr. Grace Augustine in James Cameron’s “Avatar,” and will appear in all three upcoming sequels, alongside Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington.

Weaver is repped by .

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