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Fede Alvarez's new Alien movie lands a lead star
Photo: © ANP

Fede Alvarez's new Alien movie lands a lead star

Fede Alvarez's new Alien movie lands a lead star
Photo: © ANP

It was announced in March that a new Alien film would be produced, with Evil Dead and Don't Breathe director Fede Alvarez behind the camera for Hulu.

The first Alien movie 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, 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 heavily involved, though his vision is yet to materialise.

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 first cast member 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.

Any plot details on the new Alien movie are naturally being kept under wraps.

Alien's strong female leads

The Alien series has become famed for having strong female characters at the centre of the movies. Weaver led the way as Ripley, but after her, we had Naomi Rapace and Charlize Theron in Prometheus and Katherine Waterston in Alien: Covenant.

Weaver is proud that Ripley helped pave the way.

"I’m so glad Ripley’s had that staying power," she explained.

"In those days, films would always have a scene where the girl in the skirt is doing something heroic and then she’ll break down. Well, Walter Hill and David Giler never wrote Ripley like that.

"These were guys, like Ridley, who loved women and were with strong women so it was natural to them to create a character like her.

"Ripley has to go from being a by-the-book young lieutenant to throwing the book out the window and just improvising her way through things, which is life, and it sends the message that you can do it, no matter what it is."

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