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2024's biggest movies - Everything you need to know about Alien: Romulus including NEW trailer
Photo: © ANP

2024's biggest movies - Everything you need to know about Alien: Romulus including NEW trailer

2024's biggest movies - Everything you need to know about Alien: Romulus including NEW trailer
Photo: © ANP

The impact of the 2023 actor and writer strikes in Hollywood is still being felt in 2024 as many big productions face significant delays.

However, there are still some major, highly-anticipated movies that will be released this year, including Alien: Romulus.

The first Alien directed by Sir Ridley Scott, was released in 1979. It was a claustrophobic horror set in space, with hero Ellen 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.

Sigourney Weaver, who played Ripley, would return for Alien: Resurrection in 1997.

Over a decade later, Ridley Scott would return to direct the prequel movie set in the Alien universe, Prometheus, and that was followed by Alien: Covenant. Neill Blomkamp was heavily involved in the development of a new movie, but his pitch was ditched in favour of a vision from Fede Alvarez.

What is the plot of Alien: Romulus?

A vague premise exists which reads:

'The story follows a group of young people on a distant world who find themselves in a confrontation with the most terrifying life form in the universe.'

Alien: Romulus cast

Alien: Romulus stars Cailee Spaeny, Isabella Merced, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Spike Fearn and Aileen Wu.

Alien: Romulus trailer

Only a short teaser has been released so far, but it pretty much has everything you would want from an Alien trailer - Xenomorphs, facehuggers, body horror, space ships and a badass female lead.

When does Alien: Romulus take place?

Spaeny previously revealed that Romulus takes place between the events of Alien and Aliens.

"It’s supposed to slot in between the first movie and the second movie," she told Variety.

"They brought the same team from Aliens, the James Cameron film. The same people who built those xenomorphs actually came on and built ours. So getting to see the original design with the original people who have been working on these films for 45-plus years and has been so much of their life has been really incredible."

Fans have now speculated that Romulus could act as a prequel to Aliens and might feature Hadley's Hope research colony.

What is Alien: Romulus' running time?

The runtime hasn't been confirmed yet.

What is Alien: Romulus' budget?

The reported budget is $97 million.

When will Alien: Romulus be released?

Alien: Romulus is set to be released on 24 August 2024.

Has Ridley Scott seen Alien: Romulus?

Scott is naturally very protective of the franchise, but the good news is, he's seen Alien: Romulus - and he loves it!

“Even if he didn’t ask for it, I was gonna go there and sit at a table and look at him and get it,” Alvarez said at the DGA Latino Summit in Los Angeles.

“Even if he was gonna say, ‘You destroyed my legacy,’ I wanted to be in front of him and see him in the eye. I didn’t want to get an email where it says, ‘Ridley says…’”

Scott apparently walked into the room and said: “‘Fede, what can I say? It’s fucking great.’”

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