With Neill Blomkamp’s “Alien 5” placed on hold while Ridley Scott completes his “Alien: Covenant,” fans are left to wait, and to wonder what the “District 9” filmmaker’s sequel. We already know the movie will reunite Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and Colonial Marine Dwayne Hicks, but now actor Michael Biehn has added another surprising character to the mix.
“They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back, and at this point Newt will be around twenty-seven years old,” Biehn tells Icons of Fright. “I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one, it’s really a passing of the torch between Sigourney and this younger actress who would play Newt.”
Played by Carrie Henn in the 1986 sequel “Aliens,” the young girl Newt was the sole survivor of the colony on LV-426. Much to the dismay of fans, the character was promptly killed off in 1992’s “Alien 3,” but Blomkamp apparently has found a way to resurrect her. Although the director has insisted he’s “not trying to undo ‘Alien 3′ or ‘Alien: Resurrection,’” Biehn contends the “basic idea” is that those two films “never existed.”
And like many fans, Biehn is crossing his fingers that the delay with Blomkamp’s film is only temporary. “I know they’re putting the brakes on Neill’s movie just for a little while,” he says, “but I really think that it would be embarrassing to Ridley and Fox and Sigourney if they just didn’t make the movie.”
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