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[Rumor] Phoebe Waller-Bridge To Play Alien: Romulus’ New Android

With Fede Alvarez’s Alien: Romulus apparently scheduled to start principle photography February 6th 2023, we can expect to see more casting news or rumors’ over the coming months. According to DanielRPK, the scooper who first revealed the working title of Alien: Romulus, actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge is currently up for the role of Rook, a new synthetic character in Alvarez’s upcoming film!

Perhaps best known for her role as creator, lead writer, and star of the BBC produced sitcom Fleabag, Waller-Bridge is also no stranger to science-fiction or playing artificial people having voiced L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

 [Rumor] Phoebe Waller-Bridge To Play Alien: Romulus' New Android

Likely a play on the name of chess piece (ala Bishop from Aliens), other Bishop model synthetic characters have been named Rook in Alien lore such as in Aliens: Colonial Marines and Broken, a short story from Aliens: Bug Hunt.

While news on the film has been generally quiet so far, back in November it was also reported that actress Cailee Spaeny was in talks to appear in Alien: Romulus as the film’s lead.

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Comments: 34
  1. Eric sanders
    Love the alien franchise Can wait for alien Romulus  to be fliming next month if i was in the alien movie sequel to play android too one good the Other evil and fall in Love with a female android play by wwe Star shotzi i want to be a actor too in science fiction movies and tv shows aliens forever
  2. Mike’s Monsters
    Pheobe is a fantastic artist, writer and performer. If she is an android, I can see her kicking ass at the role. She could definitely do the creepy if that's what they go for with the artificial person. She could easily play it like Lance did with Bishop, making you question his motives until the end because of our past experiences with Ash. Looking forward to her being cast if true.
  3. Hicks1983
    Bit bored of the female heroine role in the franchise... let's switch it up and have a male hero... ripley just can't be outdone... I think they try to hard to recreate that character and I just don't feel it can be done imo.
  4. Nightmare Asylum
    Quote from: Xenomorphine on Dec 30, 2022, 09:51:05 PMThe traditional alphabetic capitalisation is probably being voided because those behind of it might simply not be aware. It's a very niche thing.

    Also suspect it's nothing more than a winking homage at Bishop, arguably the most fondly embraced of all the mainstream synthetic characters, over the years.

    Yeah, I'd imagine that the alphabetic naming convention is a thing of the past, which is honestly fine by me. It was cute, but not something that really stuck out to me as being pivotal in any way. Like you said, Rook seems to be functioning as a sort of companion name to Bishop, just as Walter [Hill] was to David [Giler].
  5. Xenomorphine
    The traditional alphabetic capitalisation is probably being voided because those behind of it might simply not be aware. It's a very niche thing.

    Also suspect it's nothing more than a winking homage at Bishop, arguably the most fondly embraced of all the mainstream synthetic characters, over the years.

    Can't say I'm familiar with any of the actor's performances, aside from 'Solo', but she does have that weirdly androgynous vibe Call had.
  6. Immortan Jonesy
    Quote from: David Weyland on Dec 30, 2022, 12:06:51 PM
    Quote from: SiL on Dec 30, 2022, 11:42:21 AMIt's unlikely to be David himself. I think they mean the "David role" as in "the  android's role in this story".

    Ah well ok if that's the case

    So it could be said that the only thing in common that she may have with David is the fact of being a synthetic person, right? I ask this because you know, she might a villain too.

    I do like the ambiguous characters though.
  7. lipstick2void
    Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a favourite of mine, she's fantastic, brilliant writer. She's be ace in this role if confirmed.
  8. David Weyland
    Gives credence to the theory that David uploaded into Walter at the end of Covenant if this is true

    Appreciate budget dictates but bit of a shame Fassbender isn't returning to the role.

    Super excited and delighted though if this is actually the third prequel
  9. Kradan
    Quote from: S.E.B. on Dec 29, 2022, 10:39:34 PMThis is very confusing. Is anyone here fluent in Russian?

    https://media.tenor.com/Yohpgk72ndMAAAAC/twin-peaks-hello.gif

    I can confirm that the translation NA put in his OP is quite acurate:

    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Dec 29, 2022, 09:53:58 PM
    Quote⚡ BREAKING : According to insider Daniel Richtman on "ALIEN"

    💬 Phoebe Waller-Bridge is up for the role of David in the next Alien movie, Alien: Romulus. An android named Ruk."

    I'm leaning towards "she will be equivalent of David in the next movie" reading of the quote
  10. Immortan Jonesy
    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Dec 29, 2022, 11:00:14 PMI'm inclined to not believe that Ruk is David, just 'cause we are looking at a translated repost here and not the original source itself (which I'd assume probably says something along the lines of Ruk being the next android in the series, following David). But hey, who knows!

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge as an android in general strikes me as pretty interesting casting.

    For some reason I imagine this girl being a heroine...and if she is an android, more like Call. But hey! I like plot twists😅

    But aye, we better wait for confirmation ;D and as you say it may be due to the translation of the source.

    Anyway it would be kinda refreshing if the protagonist is a synthetic. 8)
  11. Nightmare Asylum
    I'm inclined to not believe that Ruk is David, just 'cause we are looking at a translated repost here and not the original source itself (which I'd assume probably says something along the lines of Ruk being the next android in the series, following David). But hey, who knows!

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge as an android in general strikes me as pretty interesting casting.
  12. S.E.B.
    This is very confusing. Is anyone here fluent in Russian?

    Also, Ruk? Is it derived from old English "rook", or does it originate from the Thai word for "loveable", or is it just a wink to the ancient android-creating android from Star Trek 1966 named Ruk? What's the point of deviating from the A,B,C,D android name formula? Sure, Walter broke it first, but what's the point in deviating even further?

    I don't mind David being able to freely inhabit different android bodies as that makes him even more threatening and scary as it makes him harder to kill. I always liked the nightmarishly uncanny idea of W-Y unknowingly being run by David, as this omnipotent AI posing as this director or executive that no one has actually met in person. Like, Ash was actually David possessing the body of an ASH model synthetic on board the Nostromo. Having Ruk as the first new vessel of David would in that sense be interesting.

    Just a thought.
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