Sigourney Weaver is no stranger to monster movies. In 1979, she broke onto the scene and became instantly iconic as the extraterrestrial-besting Ripley of Ridley Scott’s Alien. While that franchise has moved on without her–most recently to the upcoming Alien: Covenant–Weaver is bringing her powerful onscreen presence to a different kind of creature feature with A Monster Calls.
Based on the adored YA novel by Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls is a poignant drama that focuses on a young boy (Lewis MacDougall) who copes with his invalid mother’s fast-approaching death by befriending a towering, tale-telling yew tree (Liam Neeson). Weaver co-stars as the boy’s concerned but stern grandma. It’s the first grandmother the 67-year-old actress has ever played, and a role into which Weaver resolutely sinks her teeth.
When Screen Rant spoke with Weaver, we not only got into A Monster Calls and its layered approach to character development and …
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