Sigourney Weaver says she is probably done playing Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise.
The first Alien movie was released in 1979. It was a claustrophobic horror set in space, with hero Ripley and her crewmates terrorised by a being that would eventually be known as a Xenomorph.
The original trilogy continued with Aliens, directed by James Cameron, who added more of an action element to the story, while David Fincher's Alien 3 was set on a remote prison planet.
Weaver would return for Alien: Resurrection in 1997.
Over a decade later, Scott would return to direct the prequel movie set in the Alien universe, Prometheus and that was followed by Alien: Covenant. There have been several attempts to reboot the franchise since, with District 9 director Neil Blomkamp penning a script including Ripley that was eventually scrapped.
Fede Alvarez will helm a new Alien movie, but it looks like Weaver won't be involved.
"There are all kinds of younger actors taking this kind of role," she said.
"And there was an ‘Alien’ that I really wanted to do with Neill Blomkamp and we didn’t get to do that, but, you know, that ship has sailed. I’m very happy doing what I’m doing. I put in my time in space!"
Alvarez is a fan of the series and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, pitched an idea to Scott, who will return as an executive producer.
It appears things are full steam ahead on the production, too, as Alvarez has his leading star in the form of Cailee Spaeny who has received acclaim for her performances in projects such as Mare of Easttown, Vice, The Craft: Legacy and Bad Times at the El Royale.
The plot is believed to involve a group of young colonists on a remote planet who are attacked by Xenomorphs.
David Jonsso, Archie Renaux, Spike Fearn and Aileen Wu also star in the movie, which is titled Alien: Romulus.
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