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Cailee Spaeny Talks Practical Effects & Sigourney Weaver

Ahead of the publication of the latest issue of Total Film on March 28, the outlet has released a snippet of their interview with Alien: Romulus’ Cailee Spaeny. Spaeny, who plays Rain, in Fede Alvarez’s upcoming film set between the original Alien and Aliens, described turning off the geek part of her brain while working on the film.

“I had to turn off my ‘nerding out’ brain, because I was just like, ‘Wow, it’s beautiful. Ooh, you put the Giger skull…’ I had to turn that off. But it was properly scary. We set it between the first movie and the second. We were talking about, ‘How could this be a child of the two?’ So we have those heightened moments, but then proper horror.”

Discussing the moment in the recently released Alien: Romulus teaser trailer that rang back to Ripley’s iconic exit from the elevator in the atmosphere processor in Aliens, Spaeny told Total Film:

“I definitely did everything that I could to bring that character to life. Watching Sigourney play that role – she’s part of the changing of the game that those films did,” Spaeny continues. “I could never be her. But I injected whatever I have in me into that character, and tried to make it three-dimensional – as three-dimensional as possible. So I hope that that’s there, and it comes alive.”


 Cailee Spaeny Talks Practical Effects & Sigourney Weaver

Following the release of the teaser trailer, writer/director Fede Alvarez spoke about bringing the Alien life in Alien: Romulus, describing how he had been involved in the puppeteering of the Aliens at times himself. Spaeny also brought up the subject of the creature effects, discussing the face-huggers as well.

“We used practical effects. We had the same people who worked on Aliens. They came back. They were there making the xenomorph. This is a creature that they have so much love for. We had puppeteers working on the face-hugger. So to see that – it all felt so alive.”

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Comments: 44
  1. Highland
    Quote from: Local Trouble on Mar 30, 2024, 07:17:35 AM
    Quote from: SiL on Mar 30, 2024, 07:14:27 AM
    There's Big Chap and a new mutant big bad

    Why do I suspect that the "new mutant big bad" is just going to be a Cameron alien in keeping with the mashup of aesthetics from both of the first two movies?


    I've also had this thought about this "sandwich" movie and also with the queen.

    Whatever way you flip it though the Extended edition of Aliens shuts it down. 
  2. Highland
    Quote from: SiL on Mar 30, 2024, 03:05:29 AM
    Quote from: Highland on Mar 30, 2024, 02:34:55 AM
    Quote from: SiL on Mar 30, 2024, 02:30:39 AMIt's a battle damaged regular Alien.

    As in a new one? Why all the fuss about this new "thing" then, or is there another new thing
    There's a new thing and regular things.

    And they are both different to the *spoiler thing? ( Well the same technically, but basically you are saying there's more *spoiler things than just the individual *spoiler thing)

    So many things , I like it.
  3. yupper
    Anyone else think the xenomorph at the end of the trailer is slightly different on its dome? There is like a little slit on the left and something about the internal skull eye socket gives me the vibe that there might be something different about the skull too.....hoping we get a surprise.
  4. PortugueseXeno
    Quote from: 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔈𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱𝔥 𝔓𝔞𝔰𝔰𝔢𝔫𝔤𝔢𝔯 on Mar 28, 2024, 01:37:06 PMTeam Love the Skull here.

    Though I have to say it works best when you can barely see it. It needs to work on an almost subconscious level. Was that a skull I just saw?

    True, i don't need to see a fully exposed skull (unless Fede finds a way to shot/direct it while looking visually menacing and not just silly), but to know that it's there, with its empty eye sockets and that if we are careful enough, we may catch a glimpse of it.

    That is what i want.
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