Sigourney Weaver’s character died at the end of Alien 3 but was resurrected in the appropriately titled sequel, Alien: Resurrection, the fourth installment in the series. Since that movie’s release in 1997, there have been two more strictly just Alien sequels, Prometheus (2012) and Covenant (2017). But when you factor in Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), there are eight movies total in the series.
Variety recently wrote about how a ninth Alien movie is in the works. It was scheduled to start filming on March 9 in Budapest, Hungary. The first thing I wondered when I learned about it was, “Will Sigourney Weaver be in it?”
I mean, she didn’t technically die at the end of Resurrection. As far as I know, she’s never said with unequivocal certainty that she’d never again reprise her role as Ellen Ripley.
Plus, it seems to be a trend in Hollywood lately. Jamie Lee Curtis reprised her role as Laurie Strode in the Halloween reboots. And much to the delight of fans, Neve Campbell was back as Sidney Prescott in Scream 5 along with Courtney Cox, who was back as Gale Weathers. And Cox was back again in Scream 6.
Which is another reason why you’ll forgive me for wondering (hoping) if Weaver will be in the new Alien movie. Fans really enjoy seeing the OGs come back in the reboots. And maybe producers like it too. It’s got to help with the publicity and ticket sales.
So there’s definitely a case for why we might hope to see Sigourney Weaver in the next Alien, and why we wonder if it’ll happen.
Alas, it doesn’t appear we’ll see her in it, though.
Sigourney Weaver not listed in new Alien movie cast
The studio hasn’t released many details on the as yet untitled new movie yet. Even the plot is a mystery. IMDB lists it as “under wraps,” but Variety shared that a press release from 20th Century studios revealed this much:
"“A group of young people on a distant world, who find themselves in a confrontation with the most terrifying life form in the universe.”"
It was previously announced that Cailee Spaeny (Mare of Easttown) would star in the movie. But Variety shared other cast announcements made from the most recent press release, including David Jonsson (Industry), Archie Renaux (Shadow and Bone), Isabela Merced (Rosaline), Spike Fearn (The Batman) and Aileen Wu (Away from Home).
Fede Alvarez is set to direct. Alvarez also wrote the screenplay, along with Rodo Sayagues.
There will be one OG associated with the new Alien movie, though: Ridley Scott. In addition to directing the original Alien, he also produced and directed Prometheus and Covenant. Whatever this one will be titled, Scott is producing it too, along with Michael Pruss. Both men are also producers for another forthcoming movie that’s already getting a lot of hype, Boston Strangler.
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