In addition to revealing that production will begin on March 9 in Budapest, 20th Century Studios has announced the cast of Fede Alvarez’s upcoming Alien film and shared a brief synopsis of what fans of the franchise can expect.
The cast of this currently untitled Alien movie that will serve as the ninth entry in the franchise that began in 1979 is led by Mare of Easttown’s Cailee Spaeny. She will be joined by David Jonsson from Industry, Archie Renaux from Shadow and Bone, Isabela Merced from Rosaline, Spike Fearn from The Batman and Aileen Wu from Away from Home.
As for the synopsis, it doesn’t spoil too much, but it hints that the adventure will be set in a distant world and will center on a group of younger people who are destined to cross paths with a terrifying threat.
“In this ninth entry in the immensely popular and enduring film series, a group of young people from a distant world come face to face with the most terrifying lifeform in the universe,” reads the official synopsis.
Alvarez, who previously directed Evil Dead, The Girl in the Spider’s Web and Don’t Breath, also penned the screenplay alongside frequent collaborator Rodo Sayagues. Ridley Scott, director of the original Alien, will serve as producer along with Michael Pruss. Brett O’Connor, Elizabeth Cantillon and Tom Moran will serve as executive producers.
This new Alien movie was announced in 2022, and Ridley Scott shared that Alvarez, who is a super fan of the show, gave him a pitch for the movie that followed him for many years. Finally, this land seems to come to life.
The last Alien movie released in 2017 was Alien: Covenant. In our review, we said it “strikes a more favorable balance between the weighty philosophical ideas of Prometheus and the classic horror and suspense of the original 1979 film”.
For more, check out the latest details at the Alien TV series from Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley and Ridley Scott.
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