Sigourney Weaver in Avatar
Sigourney Weaver in Avatar

Alien actress Sigourney Weaver will be playing the as-yet-unnamed central villain in Marvel Studios' upcoming Defenders series on Netflix. The news was announced by Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb during the Iron Fist panel Saturday evening at New York Comic Con.

The casting was announced just after Iron Fist's Finn Jones welcomes his Defenders co-stars Mike Colter, Krysten Ritter, and Charlie Cox to the NYCC stage. The eight-episode Defenders series is scheduled to premiere on Netflix sometime in the fall of 2017, following Iron Fist (March 17) and The Punisher. Daredevil season 2 showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez are in charge of the team-up series.

Loeb did not give any information on the identity of Weaver's character.

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