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Monster calling for actress Weaver

Sigourney Weaver is to star in fantasy A Monster Calls.

The Alien actress has signed on for Juan Antonio Bayona's big-screen adaptation of Patrick Ness' children's fantasy novel, said the Hollywood Reporter.

The 64-year-old star will play a grandmother to a young boy, who retreats to a fantastical world, through a tree monster, to escape from bullies and his mother's terminal illness.

Felicity Jones is set to play the boy's mother, with Liam Neeson cast as the monster.

A Monster Calls is expected to be released in 2016.

Sigourney, best known for playing feisty heroine Ellen Ripley in the Alien films, will next star in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods And Kings and Neill Blomkamp's Chappie.

She has also said she would be up for returning to the world of Alien for a fifth film, telling BloodyDisgusting.com: "I hope someday to complete the Alien saga.

"I meet so many people for whom these movies mean a lot, and it would be great to let the story be finished properly, which is my fault. I didn't want to do [movie] five with four [Alien: Resurrection] because I wanted some distance, but maybe someday we'll get to do the final instalment and Ripley will find some peace. I hope so."

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