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More Casting Confirmations Emerge for Alien: Romulus

The casting news continues to drop for Alien: Romulus. Coming to us from The Hollywood Reporter, they’ve confirmed that four more actors have joined the cast: David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Spike Fearn and Aileen Wu. These four join confirmed actors Cailee Spaeny and Isabela Merced. Phoebe Waller-Bridge remains unconfirmed to be playing one of the movie’s android characters.

David Jonsson is mainly a TV actor who has series credits including Industry and Deep State. Archie Renaux Previously acted in the sci-fi film Voyagers and Sony/Marvel’s Morbius. Spike Fearn is also mostly a TV actor with numerous credits but recently had a smaller role in The Batman. Aileen Wu mainly has producer credits, while she acted in one of her short films Closing Doors.

 More Casting Confirmations Emerge for Alien: Romulus

Image courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. From left to right: Cailee Spaeny, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Spike Fearn, and Aileen Wu

It seems that like we saw with last year’s Predator film ‘Prey,’ Alien: Romulus will feature a mostly younger cast.

While the film was scheduled to begin shooting early last month, we have yet to see any set leaks or official announcements confirming that production has actually started, and news website The Wrap is now reporting that filming will begin on March 9th in six days.

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  1. TomT
    Prey is ok, not great, not bad. Predators already did "return to roots" and wasn't met with anywhere near this kind of acclaim despite similar quality, similar problems and stronger cast. And I liked Predators concept more, especially its reversed character dynamics which was kind of smart change.

    There were a couple of movies where I was really sceptical, but which turned out to be good and I admitted I was wrong. I highly doubt it's gonna happen here, I'm not gonna play "wait and see" game with the franchise that consistently delivered mixed bags at best for almost 4 decades, that's ridiculous, it's hard to find something more incompetent than this.

    Also Cameron was extremely smart when he did Aliens, most directors would just copypaste first film, but he knew it's not gonna work if he wanted to reach that impossible level, so he changed the genre, built on the original variables and expanded the universe in the most compelling way possible. If Romulus is another "back to roots" where it's just copypaste of the original and doesn't add anything new/compelling to its lore, but this time with kids, I don't see how it's not gonna be another mixed bag at best, there's nothing going for it.
  2. Cosmic Incubation
    I think there's a difference between desired film premise and desired film elements.

    There are key elements that every fan would expect out of any entry in the franchise, no matter the premise. Whether it's a Prometheus sequel or a Isolation adaptation, there's a pretty common set of base core elements that they look for in any entry.

    While it may or may not be the Prometheus/Covenant sequel that some of us do or don't want. I think majority of fans will be happy with a new entry as long as it's competently made and faithful to those core elements of the franchise. Discredit Prey all you want, but that's basically why so many were satisfied with that, in relation to the Predator films.

    Exception for those who are just determined to hate a film from the beginning, and probably wouldn't admit it if the film actually does turn out to be good  :)
  3. TomT
    Quote from: Mike's Monsters on Mar 13, 2023, 08:24:31 PMWe really don't know much, and just because the cast is young, doesn't mean the movie will be soft or made for the younger audiences.
    Well, those Friday The 13th movies weren't PG either :)

    Quote from: Mike's Monsters on Mar 13, 2023, 08:24:31 PMIt literally might deliver what many fans have been wanting for years, visually and plot wise.
    But what many fans actually wanted for years? Because as far as I'm aware, different sections of fanbase wanted completely different things. One section wants Covenant sequel. The other section wants Prometheus sequel. Other section wants alternate Alien 3/Aliens sequel. Another section wants Alien: Isolation movie adaptation. Another wants another crack at Alien vs Predator. And maybe there's a very small section that wants Alien: Resurrection sequel with Ripley clone. From what we know, Romulus doesn't fit any of those directions.
  4. Mike’s Monsters
    Nothing tells me that this film won't be the most visceral or intense entry in the franchise either.

    We really don't know much, and just because the cast is young, doesn't mean the movie will be soft or made for the younger audiences. We still know so little about the actual film itself. It literally might deliver what many fans have been wanting for years, visually and plot wise.

    From things that I've seen, it seems that it'll hit that mark if the execution is done right.

    It's all just a wait and see situation at this moment. And I'm excited for sure.
  5. TomT
    Sigourney looked her age, she looks good late 20s there. Cailee and Merced look 14. This is not the same thing. What's the point in dancing around with this reaching nonsense "we haven't seen lighting/makeup/clothes/camera angles yet" when they are clearly going in very specific direction with the cast, this is not a coincedence, trades mentioned it's about young cast too. What this cast actually reveals is concept/direction they are going to with this movie, not quality of the final product, you either like this concept or not. I obviously greatly dislike this direction over all stories that could be made and not gonna repeat my rant, but it's ok if you like young adult direction for the franchise, there's no shame in admiting that, there are people who liked Requiem because of nasty gore and makeup, so it's ok.
  6. Mike’s Monsters
    We are all so used to Sigourney as Ripley at this point, but I wonder if ALIEN were made today that individuals would be up in arms about it.

    I did a quick search for headshots of Sigourney in 1978, when they'd be casting for Alien. I doubt many people could see her playing the hardened Ripley from this glamour shot, which is similar to our new spread of actors:

    https://i.imgur.com/h8eIMZr.jpg


    Yet you throw them on a set with proper direction, wardrobe, propping and lighting and it changes the way a person looks. Here's Sigourney testing for ALIEN:

    https://i.imgur.com/URLJlwq.jpg

    Sigourney still looks like a baby to me in these photos, even if she is pushing 30. But I'm me, have my own opinions and can be totally wrong in this observation.

    But this is coming from someone who films and photographs people as his daily job, so also speaking from experiences.

    The amount of times I thought someone was not correct for something until I got them in front of the camera is something I've lost track of.
  7. BIOROBOT
    Not immediately writing this project off after seeing headshots of the cast isn't being in denial, its simply being grown enough to realize that cast head shots tell us jack about how this flick is actually going to turn out. Romulus could be bad, it could be good we don't know yet. And that's the point, we don't know.
  8. T Dog
    Quote from: The Eighth Passenger on Mar 12, 2023, 02:07:44 PM
    Quote from: T Dog on Mar 12, 2023, 01:49:05 PMI've always thought it waa funny that the Space scientists were the dumbest of the lot.
    I wonder what occupation the space spring chickens will have? Evidence shows that the more blue collar they are, the more intelligent and relatable they'll be.

    Sounds like they may be salvagers. So pretty high-brow types within the Alienverse.


    Might they be a bunch of young horny Arcturians?
  9. Kradan
    Quote from: The Eighth Passenger on Mar 12, 2023, 12:20:11 PM
    Quote from: Kradan on Mar 12, 2023, 11:14:42 AM
    Quote from: The Eighth Passenger on Mar 12, 2023, 10:29:55 AMspace scientists and space dumb-ass colonists

    I take issue with that characterization


    Take it up with Jimbo. Issues with spring-chicken characterizations can be taken up with "I'm no spring chicken" Riddles.  :P


    Huh ?

    Anyway, why are "colonists" being labeled "dumb-ass" while so-called "scientists" aren't ? Hope this clears that up
  10. T Dog
    Quote from: The Eighth Passenger on Mar 12, 2023, 02:07:44 PM
    Quote from: T Dog on Mar 12, 2023, 01:49:05 PMI've always thought it waa funny that the Space scientists were the dumbest of the lot.
    I wonder what occupation the space spring chickens will have? Evidence shows that the more blue collar they are, the more intelligent and relatable they'll be.

    Sounds like they may be salvagers. So pretty high-brow types within the Alienverse.

    Funny, remember back when that Sydney newspaper article was published about the "hundreds" of marijuana plants that Ridley had ordered for the Covenant's hydroponics set?

    And we all thought we were getting Space Hippies next.  :laugh:

    That was just for Ridley's own personal use on the shoot!
  11. 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔈𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱𝔥 𝔓𝔞𝔰𝔰𝔢𝔫𝔤𝔢𝔯
    Quote from: T Dog on Mar 12, 2023, 01:49:05 PMI've always thought it waa funny that the Space scientists were the dumbest of the lot.
    I wonder what occupation the space spring chickens will have? Evidence shows that the more blue collar they are, the more intelligent and relatable they'll be.

    Sounds like they may be salvagers. So pretty high-brow types within the Alienverse.

    Funny, remember back when that Sydney newspaper article was published about the "hundreds" of marijuana plants that Ridley had ordered for the Covenant's hydroponics set?

    And we all thought we were getting Space Hippies next.  :laugh:
  12. T Dog
    Quote from: The Eighth Passenger on Mar 12, 2023, 10:29:55 AMWe've had space truckers, space marines, space convicts, space pirates, space scientists and space dumb-ass colonists. What's wrong with a few space spring-chickens?  ;D

    I've always thought it waa funny that the Space scientists were the dumbest of the lot.
    I wonder what occupation the space spring chickens will have? Evidence shows that the more blue collar they are, the more intelligent and relatable they'll be.
  13. TomT
    Quote from: SiL on Mar 11, 2023, 02:15:14 AMSo people saying "hopefully this isn't awful!" is living in denial to you?
    That's your words, not mine, maybe you didn't read comments above where I specifically described denial parts like "we haven't seen them in makeup and lighting yet" or "Sigourney looked like a kid too".

    I've seen plenty of excited comments about director, streaming release and concept, and generally positive mood with Prey being used as an example of a masterpiece of a film, only a couple of them were just "hopefully this isn't awful!", but when this is the least positive comment you could find besides mine, that usually means positive reactions.

    Quote from: SiL on Mar 11, 2023, 02:15:14 AMDo you have anything to actually contribute to the discussion or are you just here to be miserable?
    There's nothing of substance to discuss about this one, I said what I wanted to say, at this point I'm only curious if Requiem had the same fan excitement before release.
  14. SiL
    Quote from: TomT on Mar 11, 2023, 01:40:02 AM
    Quote from: SiL on Mar 11, 2023, 01:35:25 AMNobody's praising anything.
    I've seen plenty of excited comments here or at least cautiously optimistic, it would've been a really positive thread without my presence, so overall mood is positive.
    So people saying "hopefully this isn't awful!" is living in denial to you?

    Do you have anything to actually contribute to the discussion or are you just here to be miserable?
  15. TomT
    Quote from: kwisatz on Mar 11, 2023, 01:51:55 AMYou sure this is still about an Alien movie for you?
    I'm just commenting on some arguments people bring up that Evil Dead remake cast is the same thing when it's clearly not.

    But I'm mostly angry because every single Alien project that had a chance to be finally good without question marks was killed and instead they are doing this and Hoawley's show, or when Fox killed Scott/Cameron/Sigourney's Alien 5 to do Alien vs Predator. This kind of optimism and excitement I see here is incredible considering you could literally die before you see not only a legitimately good movie in this franchise, but even a video-game because it takes almost 4 decades so far to see a single one. Even Star Wars have a lot more bright spots and its toxic fanbase is still mad as hell about the way Disney handles it. Only Jurassic franchise has even worse handling than Alien, with the only positive thing is theatrical release, but Jurassic doesn't have an active fanbase despite lore and stuff, and relies heavily on average Joes who just want to see dinosaurs.
  16. TomT
    Half of the quotes I listed have nothing to do with whether it's trash or not, it's outright denial it's gonna be a young adult flick (and I don't mean MPAA rating) and denial of the fact that cast is playing teenagers. Just say that you like the concept and excited about this, no need to dance around and pretend that the cast is not playing teens because "we haven't seen makeup and lighting" or pretend that Sigourney looked like teen when she didn't, that's just pathetic.

    But what I'm actually surpised by is that most people here are excited about this kind of Alien follow up. Maybe I haven't seen reactions to other Alien films announcements and people were excited as hell about Requiem too, who knows. But complaining about Blomkamp's Alien and at the same praising this, I don't get it, maybe I'm just confused and this is Alien hate site?

    And by the way, Jane Lavy looked older than Cailee Spaeny and Jane looked young, but not this young. Caliee looks like she didn't finish high school yet, the same with Merced. Supporting characters in Evil Dead remake looked older than the rest of Romulus cast too and again, they are consistent with the original Evil Dead.
  17. Cosmic Incubation
    Nah I definitely get the skepticism and caution towards any new film in the franchise. I think everyone here and in the fanbase has a pretty healthy amount of it, more or less. Especially considering the quality differences in the series, as you pointed out. There's plenty of various discussions and opinions about the low-points in the franchise here.

    We're certainly not expecting everyone to be sunshine and rainbows, 100% expecting it to save the franchise or anything. We just don't seem have that extreme pessimistic attitude that you seem to have about it. Especially since, as you've also pointed out, there's potential with Alvarez as director.

    And your post in that other forum saying that everyone here is in "full denial mode" because we aren't convinced the film is going to be trash just because of the casting just makes your argument come across extremely condescending and not from a in-good-faith place tbh. Probably just gonna part ways with you on this here.
  18. TomT
    Quote from: Cosmic Incubation on Mar 10, 2023, 10:58:14 PM
    Quote from: TomT on Mar 10, 2023, 10:43:19 PMI do think that a lot of people on the forum are in denial mode when they are reaching so hard they claim that actors who were chosen to look like teenagers specifically are not gonna look like that with makeup and lighting, that's just laughable, c'mon.

    I think you're the one reaching that having a cast of young, teenager-looking actors is a sufficient enough reason to go completely hopeless on this film having any kind of potential. And that having any kind of optimism or even indifference is insane because of this one arbitrary reason.
    Just for this franchise. When you have a franchise that didn't have a single film with a fully positive reception in almost 4(!) decades at this point, it's okay to be very skeptical, especially when the concept looks so bad and director's last film is garbage with a couple of nice shots. "Wait and see" is reserved for something that didn't have this kind of history or at least has trust. And it's not reaching to think that young adult concept is a very bad idea for this particular franchise where the closest thing to it was one of the worst films ever made and the worst film in both Alien and Predator franchises. Maybe Friday The 13th in space with dumb teens against Alien sounds like something very exciting for people here, who knows. People bringed up Evil Dead remake, but Evil Dead remake is consistent with its original film in terms of cast, so it's not the same thing at all, especially when actors there still looked older than Romulus cast. But I still think Romulus is gonna be better than Requiem, for what it's worth, simply because Fede is a lot more competent director than Strauss brothers.

    And why Prey is used here as an example of some incredible masterpiece is beyond me, did our standards fall so low at this point that Predators-level movie (and I thought Predators was better) is now considered a brilliant piece of filmmaking? Being better than Black's Predator is hardly an achievement worth singing about.


    Quote from: Serpico Jones on Mar 10, 2023, 09:34:13 PM$75m is plenty when you consider the first movie, which is one of the best films of all time, had a budget of $40m adjusted for inflation.
    Alien wouldn't cost 40 mln today (already discussed in this or different thread), counting only inflation is incorrect way to predict what it would cost today because cost of making films increased significantly since those days, to say the least. Top Gun cost 15 mln in 1986. Top Gun sequel cost 170 mln in 2018-2020. Just a random example. Plus we have Prey from Hulu which supposedly had 65 mln budget and looked like it was made for a third of it at most. If 65 mln budget is incorrect, good. But if it's correct, then 75 mln budget is concerning.
  19. Cosmic Incubation
    Quote from: TomT on Mar 10, 2023, 10:43:19 PMI do think that a lot of people on the forum are in denial mode when they are reaching so hard they claim that actors who were chosen to look like teenagers specifically are not gonna look like that with makeup and lighting, that's just laughable, c'mon.

    I think you're the one reaching that having a cast of young, teenager-looking actors is a sufficient enough reason to go completely hopeless on this film having any kind of potential. And that having any kind of optimism or even indifference is insane because of this one arbitrary reason.
  20. TomT
    Quote from: The Eighth Passenger on Mar 10, 2023, 05:15:54 PMInterresting to see what TomT is writing about us on other sites:

    Quote from: Tom ThomasIf you look at Alien's biggest fansite AvP Galaxy, most folks there are in full denial mode: "we don't know anything yet", "let's wait and see", "just because all actors look like tik tok teenagers, doesn't mean they are gonna look like teenagers in a movie, we haven't seen makeup/lighting yet", "who said it's gonna be young adult flick, do we have a confirmation?", "Sigourney was 28 when she did Alien". It doesn't take a genius to figure out what kind of movie they are making looking at this cast, platform and budget. Obviously hard pass and another heartbreak for a dead franchise

    https://www.worldofreel.com/blog/2023/3/a9re7ydd3k9ixlx9fbvsyglopi0z4q

    I'm glad you are reading World of Reel too, my man, but I didn't really say anything I didn't say here, so not sure why people are offended by this, I didn't insult anyone, this is nothing more than observation from the side and I used quotes I saw here without mentioning anyone. if you are so uncomfortable with what you write on a public forum you are offended to see your own quote, then maybe you shouldn't write in the first place. I do think that a lot of people on the forum are in denial mode when they are reaching so hard for excuses they claim that actors who were chosen to look like teenagers specifically are not gonna look like that with makeup and lighting, that's just laughable, c'mon.
  21. Cosmic Incubation
    Yeah it feels like a reach to see the budget as a red flag tbh.
    Especially since horror has always been a genre famous for sparking creativity and quality out of budget limitations. And it's not like $75m is some small amount of money for a film.

    Don't really see much point in getting all strung out about the casting either.
    With the quality of Prey and everything that Alvarez has done before, everything has me pretty optimistic about this, personally.

    I can understand a certain level of cynicism towards big-studio films in todays day and age.
    But we don't really have any info on the film that warrants writing it off entirely, by any means.
    It seems like there's a subset of people who thrive off of hating something no matter what.
  22. Serpico Jones
    $75m is plenty when you consider the first movie, which is one of the best films of all time, had a budget of $40m adjusted for inflation. PREY was better and more gorgeously directed than most Marvel films which cost ten times more.

    Sometimes restraints are a good thing.
  23. 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔈𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱𝔥 𝔓𝔞𝔰𝔰𝔢𝔫𝔤𝔢𝔯
    Or David didn't really create the Alien sub-sect.


    Quote from: RidgeTop on Mar 10, 2023, 06:23:41 PMFolks just like to blame Disney for ruining things. To be fair, they do on occasion, but 20th Century operates semi-independently.

    The Last Duel under 20th Century Studios/Disney was exceptional. Of course lots and lots of people were crying W0kE!, w0Ke!, WOkE!, #Me-tOo!, #mE-toO!
  24. kwisatz
    Quote from: Tom ThomasIf you look at Alien's biggest fansite AvP Galaxy, most folks there are in full denial mode

    Probably hasn't even discovered certain Assembly Cut fan threads yet
  25. Kradan
    Quote from: The Eighth Passenger on Mar 10, 2023, 05:15:54 PMInterresting to see what TomT is writing about us on other sites:

    Quote from: Tom ThomasIf you look at Alien's biggest fansite AvP Galaxy, most folks there are in full denial mode: "we don't know anything yet", "let's wait and see", "just because all actors look like tik tok teenagers, doesn't mean they are gonna look like teenagers in a movie, we haven't seen makeup/lighting yet", "who said it's gonna be young adult flick, do we have a confirmation?", "Sigourney was 28 when she did Alien". It doesn't take a genius to figure out what kind of movie they are making looking at this cast, platform and budget. Obviously hard pass and another heartbreak for a dead franchise

    https://www.worldofreel.com/blog/2023/3/a9re7ydd3k9ixlx9fbvsyglopi0z4q

    Eeeh, I'm not sure posting members' comments from other sites is fair play


    Quote from: RidgeTop on Mar 10, 2023, 06:23:41 PMAlready did this ride with Prey, and even I jumped to conclusions when I heard it was teens. Wait and see is reasonable to me now. And as far as I'm concerned I've already been through severe disappointment with both Alien and Predator. Folks just like to blame Disney for ruining things. To be fair, they do on occasion, but 20th Century operates semi-independently. I'm not 'in denial' because there is nothing to evaluate yet. Hell even the Evil Dead remake of 2013 had a cast right around these ages and that was VERY adult. The actor who played Mia, Jane Levy was in her early 20s at the time of filming.

    So how much did Disney execs pay you this time ?
  26. RidgeTop
    Already did this ride with Prey, and even I jumped to conclusions when I heard it was teens. Wait and see is reasonable to me now. And as far as I'm concerned I've already been through severe disappointment with both Alien and Predator. Folks just like to blame Disney for ruining things. To be fair, they do on occasion, but 20th Century operates semi-independently. I'm not 'in denial' because there is nothing to evaluate yet. Hell even the Evil Dead remake of 2013 had a cast right around these ages and that was VERY adult. The actor who played Mia, Jane Levy was in her early 20s at the time of filming.
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