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What To Expect From Fede Álvarez’s Alien Movie

Fede Alvarez "Alien"

Same Creatures But New Victims

Since James Cameron’s Aliens was released in 1986, fans of the Xenomorph-centric franchise have been left unsatiated. Further entries in the series were abysmal, and Ridley Scott’s efforts to add some lore-abundant prequels into the mix fell flat. Fan expectations have justifiably plummeted, but with a new creative team at the helm, the famed franchise might have some hope. 

Fede Álvarez Returns to Horror

The two previous Alien films—Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017)—saw Ridley Scott return to the director’s chair in an attempt to explore the Xenomorph’s origin and reinvigorate the franchise. It didn’t work. Since then, the rights to Alien were acquired by Disney, and Scott’s planned sequels have been put aside for the time being. With Scott out as director under the new leadership, the baton has been passed to director Fede Álvarez.

Álvarez is known for writing and directing Don’t Breathe (2016) and Evil Dead (2013). He received nominations from the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards and the Fright Meter Awards for his rendition of Evil Dead. His short film El Cojonudo won the Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Award for Best International Short. His work is most known for its high levels of tension and an abundance of gory violence. Considering Prometheus and Alien: Covenant’s tendencies to get bogged down in universe-building, Álvarez seems like he might be exactly what the franchise needs for a terrifying return to form.

Alien

A New Cast

For those hoping to see Warrant Officer Ripley return to the series, Sigourney Weaver has already stated that she is done with the role. The Álvarez-led Alien film will instead tell a completely separate story that centers around a new cast of characters. An official synopsis from 20th Century Studios states, “A group of young people on a distant world find themselves in a confrontation with the most terrifying life form in the universe.” While the character names and details are currently undisclosed, the official cast is comprised of actors Cailee Spaeny, Archie Renaux, David Jonsson, Isabela Merced, Spike Fearn, and Aileen Wu. This is a much younger cast, and while the actors do have prior experience, they aren’t big names like the casts of Ridley Scott’s previous two installments. This hints towards a unique viewing experience and a fresh take on the Alien formula.

When to Expect and Where to Watch

This new Alien project is set to premiere on Hulu—much like the most recent Predator film, Prey (2022). The release date is up in the air, but filming for the project has already begun. Fede Álvarez shared the film’s first on-set photo to social media on 4/26 and teased the return of the infamous face-hugger—classic design still intact. 

Alien (1979). Official 20th Century Fox Trailer.

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Ethan Mallory joined the Dead Talk News team in 2023. Aside from writing for Dead Talk News, he has also worked as a student editor for the Short Vine Literary Journal. Ethan is currently pursuing a film major and an English minor at the University of Cincinnati. While working for Dead Talk News, he has covered trending horror and action film news and written comic reviews.