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Cailee Spaeny in Talks to Star in Fede Alvarez Alien Film!

We finally have a bit of news to report on the new Fede Alvarez directed Alien film underway for Hulu! Deadline is exclusively reporting the first details on one of the casting choices.

According to Deadline, actor Cailee Spaeny is in talks to play the lead role, having had multiple meetings with the Director and Producers.

“Momentum is revving up on 20th Century Studios new Alien movie as sources tell Deadline Cailee Spaeny is in talks to star. Fede Alvarez is directing with Scott Free producing.

20th Century had no comment.

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.

While execs are going through their process on other cast members, Spaeny has been the top choice for the lead role for some time following several meetings with producers and Alvarez.”

 Cailee Spaeny in Talks to Star in Fede Alvarez Alien Film!

Cailee Spaeny in Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

Though there was some chatter in the fan community that this Alien film was already in production, if this report by Deadline is accurate, then cameras likely haven’t quite started rolling yet. But it would seem pre-production is in full swing with Deadline mentioning that a script has been delivered, and that the film is a top priority for Ridley Scott’s studio Scott Free to begin filming early next year.

This wouldn’t be Spaeny’s first foray into science-fiction, having previously starred in the 2018 sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising. She also appeared in Bad Times at the El Royale, Vice and mostly recently in The First Lady.

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Comments: 47
  1. The Eighth Passenger
    Reminds me of the time we were covering the making of "Alien: Covenant" before filming started. It was still called "Alien: Paradise Lost" back then. Then we heard from a casting agency that they were going to film it in Rome. Hicks even had it on the main news page.

    It was only upon closer investigation that I discovered that somehow they'd gotten their info mixed up with a bookstore called "Paradise Lost" located in Rome, Georgia, USA.

    One of the Covenant writers might have seen all the Rome speculation on here because we ended up with David's "when in Rome" line in Covenant.  :laugh:

  2. Nightmare Asylum
    Yeah, Deadline dropping that one gives me real faith in that bit of news being accurate. It's just the "Romulus" thing that I'm now not so sure about (though given the thematic implications of it, I'd love for it to end up being true, even if it's just a working title).
  3. Nightmare Asylum
    Ahhh, didn't realize he was one of WGTC's "sources." :-\

    I would be very interested/curious if this pans out (and kind of hope it does) but, given the WGTC connection, I'm not going to put any immediate stock in it at the moment then.

    For whatever it is worth, the Sneider guy mentioned the "Romulus" name during his stream last night when saying he didn't have any new news to announce about the film, though that might very well just be because he saw the title floating around online before he went live and not a sign of it actually being true (since he doesn't seem like the most, erm, respectable guy in the industry either).
  4. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: Gimitko on Nov 17, 2022, 11:03:17 PMThe RPK info is from his Patreon lmao, he is one of those guys that monetizes that stuff. Also Jeff Sneider will be dropping more casting news/rumors for it today.

    I recognize the name, but I can't recall if he actually turns out being accurate?


    https://aiptcomics.com/2022/01/02/aipt-rumor-source-rater/

    QuoteMost of DanielRPK's stuff is behind a paywall on Patreon, which is totally fine. We've all got to make a living. But if you're going to charge for inside information, then you should probably have a better batting average than he does. Even if Richtman labels his information as a "rumor," the attached price tag puts it under a bit more scrutiny.

    Most of DanielRPK's correct predictions (that we can find) appear to be trailer release dates and title reveals as opposed to plot/casting exclusives. Also, a good deal of his information gets leaked or is personally revealed by Daniel on his Twitter account.

    It should be noted that DanielRPK occasionally deletes some of his inaccurate claims, which is both weak and embarrassing.


    Ohhhhh. This is the guy that WeGotThisCovered always credits with all their bullshit news.


    That's that then. It's bullshit.
  5. Mike’s Monsters
    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Nov 17, 2022, 11:09:02 PM
    Quote from: David Weyland on Nov 17, 2022, 11:06:23 PMOrigae 6 😄

    "I think if we are kind, it will be a kind world."


    Quote from: Gimitko on Nov 16, 2022, 09:52:07 PMReporter Jeff Sneider teased he will be dropping more Alien news tomorrow

    If anything comes of this, it'll be on here. Live now:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58IVA7R7i7A&list=PLWhZZEYoeaYDnefV6OuvQBaMudPxARbPa

    EDIT: He had no other scoop regarding Romulus. He just spent the time complaining about 20th Century Studios giving Deadline the
    Cailee Spaeny scoop instead of confirming it on his end so he could run with it. No need to bother watching this.

    Sneider isn't well liked in the film community. He's known as a drama queen. He could have said the stuff to hype up nothing because he was jealous someone else scooped it before him.
  6. Nightmare Asylum
    Quote from: David Weyland on Nov 17, 2022, 11:06:23 PMOrigae 6 😄

    "I think if we are kind, it will be a kind world."


    Quote from: Gimitko on Nov 16, 2022, 09:52:07 PMReporter Jeff Sneider teased he will be dropping more Alien news tomorrow

    If anything comes of this, it'll be on here. Live now:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58IVA7R7i7A&list=PLWhZZEYoeaYDnefV6OuvQBaMudPxARbPa

    EDIT: He had no other scoop regarding Romulus. He just spent the time complaining about 20th Century Studios giving Deadline the
    Cailee Spaeny scoop instead of confirming it on his end so he could run with it. No need to bother watching this.
  7. Gimitko
    The RPK info is from his Patreon lmao, he is one of those guys that monetizes that stuff. Also Jeff Sneider will be dropping more casting news/rumors for it today.
  8. Nightmare Asylum
    More stuff from that DanielRPK source, I guess (though I can't find the root of his report):

    https://twitter.com/3CFilmss/status/1593374044987990016

    Doing something a bit more 'basic' is something I was expecting here, since the show seems to be going all-out with the more expansive mythology. Though with a title (be it a working title or final title) like Romulus, I have to imagine there are some larger, more mythic implications at least running in the undercurrent. Maybe it is an Engineer world they're on?

    And presumably, as was the case in Prometheus and Covenant before it, I'd imagine that Romulus is likely also the name of the ship (or perhaps, the planet?) in the film, just to neatly pull something in-world into the title on top of the more mythic/allegorical allusions that come with it.
  9. Gimitko
    "It will essentially follow the same formula as every other Alien film: a group crash lands on an Alien planet, and find themselves being hunted by Xenomorphs."
  10. Nightmare Asylum
    If true, this is obviously riffing on Romulus founding Rome (and likely the Romulus/Remus myth which Raised By Wolves was also playing with a lot). It definitely feels like an appropriate title in the wake of Prometheus and Covenant...

    Lots of Roman-influenced architecture on the Engineer world in Covenant, too.
  11. Nightmare Asylum
    As far as we're aware, nothing has been stated saying that this isn't a Hulu release, so I'd imagine that it being set for a debut on Hulu is still the case.

    I guess things could eventually change – the new Evil Dead and Magic Mike movies were shot for HBO Max but have gotten the promotion to theatrical releases (due to all of the internal shakeups at Warner Bros, seemingly), but there hasn't been anything in this particular instance to point towards Disney/20th making that decision here, as much as I would love for them to.
  12. Kane's other son
    Is it still made for Hulu? There's nothing in the news articles and I suspect that Prey's success (and Smile going theatrical and making a lot of money) might have changed 20th/Disney's plans.

    Reboot, by the way, just means that it is part of the franchise but not a direct sequel to any of the existing movies.
  13. Gimitko
    Thats totally true, so much stuff that has been advertised as a reboot has turned out to be a legacy sequel or some nonsense like that. When the movie was announced it was called "standalone" tho, I guess this is sort of a further indication of that thats the case.
  14. Nightmare Asylum
    Quote from: Gimitko on Nov 17, 2022, 01:22:51 PMHollywood Reporter said:
    "Fede Alvarez, the filmmaker behind Don't Breathe and 2013's remake of Evil Dead, wrote the script and is directing the feature project that will REBOOT the sci-fi horror franchise."
    She is not Newt, it seems to even not take place in the Alien continuity.

    "Reboot" is such a loose term that it could mean literally anything. A remake is a reboot, a new take on material is a reboot, a 'return to form' that skews closer to an older take on the material is a reboot, bringing in a new filmmaker/cast is a reboot, bringing back an old filmmaker/cast is a reboot, etc. etc.

    The word "Reboot," when applied to franchise filmmaking, really has no consistent meaning at this point beyond just "Here's a new movie that isn't just a straight up sequel to the previous one."
  15. Gimitko
    Hollywood Reporter said:
    "Fede Alvarez, the filmmaker behind Don't Breathe and 2013's remake of Evil Dead, wrote the script and is directing the feature project that will REBOOT the sci-fi horror franchise."
    She is not Newt, it seems to even not take place in the Alien continuity.
  16. Corporal Hicks
    We know PO have been talking to Fede since Alien Day at least, so I suspect he's told them bits on the down-low. I've been trying to find out more myself over the last few months and I'm hearing that Alien is in Budapest at least (not confirmed that it is shooting) but I'm also hearing from someone else I really trust they're still casting and filming is early next year.

    Could they have been doing second unit or creature stuff? Or just scenes not involving the primary cast/characters? I have a slight idea who Spaeny could be playing, it's not Newt.


    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Nov 16, 2022, 10:48:36 PMI don't particularly like/follow this guy's account, but I'm curious to see what he ends up saying tomorrow.

    If memory serves he used to work for Collider. Sounds like we could be having some juicy details from him over the situation. Am curious to see what he's got!
  17. Nightmare Asylum
    Quote from: Gimitko on Nov 16, 2022, 09:52:07 PMReporter Jeff Sneider teased he will be dropping more Alien news tomorrow

    Is that in reference to this Tweet? Do we know for sure that it is Alien related?

    https://twitter.com/TheInSneider/status/1592970554763771904

    EDIT: Oh, yep, just found the context. I guess it's potentially Alien related:

    https://twitter.com/TheInSneider/status/1592968334555099136

    I don't particularly like/follow this guy's account, but I'm curious to see what he ends up saying tomorrow.
  18. Some Old Dude
    Quote from: SiL on Nov 16, 2022, 08:43:58 PMBut didn't Perfect Organism say they'd already started filming?

    Fede Alvarez and a crew with cameras in locations, could just be location scouting.


    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Nov 16, 2022, 08:25:45 PM
    Quote from: Some Old Dude on Nov 16, 2022, 08:20:27 PMBeing in two Alex Garland projects instantly qualifies her as an Alien lead lol. I imagine she'll do an awesome job.

    Aye, I loved Devs (didn't even realize that was her in Devs until your post!) and can't wait for Civil War.

    On a similar note – Garland would be a very solid choice for an Alien film. Men really doubled down on that for me.

    Quote from: Some Old Dude on Nov 16, 2022, 08:20:27 PMI just hope she's not playing a grown up Newt like someone I know guessed. Don't put that evil out there.

    For what it's worth, when the film was originally announced Steve Asbell highlighted that it would be centered around new characters.

    Garland would be perfect, and has opted to take a break from directing and choosing to focus on writing so it wouldn't be out of the question he'd at least write one.
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