Cailee Spaeny is in talks to star in a new Alien movie for 20th Century Studios, according to Deadline’s sources, who say that while executives are still rounding out the cast, the 25-year-old actress has been the top choice for the film’s lead role for some time.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news of a new Alien movie in March 2022, revealing that the feature would be directed by filmmaker Fede Álvarez (Don’t Breathe) for a streaming release on Hulu, similar to what 20th Century Studios decided on for Prey, its latest Predator movie.
Story details are unknown, and it’s unclear whether Spaeny’s character will have any relation to Ellen Ripley or any of the other female protagonists who have been introduced in the franchise thus far, which also include Janet “Danny” Daniels from Alien: Covenant and Prometheus’ Elizabeth Shaw.
Spaeny’s previous credits include The Craft: Legacy and Pacific Rim: Uprising, in which she starred as a Jaeger pilot.
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From a Deadline report:
Not much is known about the pic other than the iconic ferocious race of alien beings called Xenomorphs will be front and center, again reigning terror against the humans that cross their paths. 20th Century and Scott Free made this a top priority after hearing Alvarez’s pitch, and after a recent script was delivered, things only gained speed in getting this film in front of cameras by early 2023.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
According to sources, Álvarez is a rabid fan of the franchise and casually pitched a take to Scott many years ago. The idea remained implanted in Scott’s brain until late last year, when he called Álvarez out of the blue and asked him if he was still up for it. Álvarez didn’t have to be asked twice.
20th Century picked up the project “purely off the strength of Fede’s pitch,” said division president Steve Asbell. “It was just a really good story with a bunch of characters you haven’t seen before.”