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Fede Alvarez & Cailee Spaeny Talk Family in Alien: Romulus

Following the release of Alien: Romulus’ trailer, writer and director Fede Alvarez spoke about how the frontier life of the family and children featured in Hadley’s Hope in Aliens: Special Edition had inspired the kind of characters he wanted to explore in his film. Talking to Entertainment Weekly in a new interview, Alvarez spoke more about the younger cast of Alien: Romulus and teased how the myth of Romulus factors into the character dynamics.

“My first instinct, just to try something different that hasn’t been seen before, was to approach it from the angle of characters who are not professionals or scientists; they’re not even adults. I liked this concept of putting people in the front seat of the story who are closer to what the audience is — not that the audience is young, more that the audience is completely virgin to the realities of space. When the characters are professionals, they know more than you do. But when they’re still in their early 20s, they don’t know how to operate the f—ing airlock.

All their parents probably worked on the same ship when they were kids, and that’s how they got to know each other. There’s a lot of history between them because they’re the only family they have. They truly act more like surrogate siblings; some of them even lived under the same roof. A lot of the big themes of the movie are about siblinghood and what does that mean? The Romulus of it all, and the bigger plot with Weyland-Yutani, is actually connected to that as well.” 

Entertainment Weekly’s new interview also included two new images from the film, including another look at the damaged Xenomorph we’ve seen in other promotional material, as well as a new image of Cailee Spaeny’ Rain Carradine and Archie Renaux as Tyler in a pose that seems very reminiscent of Aliens’ scene in which Corporal Hicks shows Ellen Ripley the ins-and-outs of the M41A Pulse Rifle.

 Fede Alvarez & Cailee Spaeny Talk Family in Alien: Romulus

Talking further on the family dynamics at play in Alien: Romulus, Spaeny also elaborated on the role reversal from the usual portrayal of synthetic characters in the Alien films and how Rain grew up with an artifical brother.

“In this one, Rain’s brother is a synthetic. She loves him like her brother, but there are difficulties growing up with a synthetic, and some of the challenges that she faces during the film are related. That relationship dynamic is really interesting to flip on its head; it was really fun to explore having a synthetic as a family member and the questions it poses. David Jonsson, who plays that character, was so brilliant and really nailed that performance.”

Spaeny also re-iterated the practical nature of the film, talking about how the veteran effects crew would tell the younger cast members stories of working on the previous films, as well as the effect that sharing the frame with an actual Alien had on her.

“I remember we did one specific take of a scene where I’m with the Xenomorph and [director Fede Álvarez] kept it rolling for about…oh God, it felt like half an hour, but it was probably only 10 minutes. It was just pure terror for 10 minutes straight, with the Xenomorph right there. Fede was great at throwing in little surprises like that and catching us actors off-guard.”

 Fede Alvarez & Cailee Spaeny Talk Family in Alien: Romulus

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Head on over to Entertainment Weekly to check out the entire article. Thanks to Nightmare Asylum for the news.

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  1. SiL
    Quote from: Feeds On Minds on May 23, 2024, 11:42:19 PMThe occasional Oppenheimer is irrelevant when talking about a franchise film.
    Again the comments leading up to your reply were about Disney only doing sequels and rehashes, implying there are no non-IP, non-rehash films, and you saying that lazy memberberries applies to all Hollywood reads as though you're saying all Hollywood makes is sequels and rehashes.

    I'm not the only one who read it like that.

    It's fine, it's a simple miscommunication.
  2. Nightmare Asylum
    I dunno, watch more movies that aren't part of franchises then? There's lots of great original stuff out there that goes totally unseen by people that would rather spend their time online saying there's nothing new or original being made, which in turn just convinces the studios that nobody wants anything new or interesting.

    Check out Challengers, it's a blast!
  3. Acid_Reign161
    Quote from: Mike's Monsters on May 16, 2024, 04:46:23 PMHa! Cool figure! The new design isn't that stylized and the "spike" isn't even that prominent really.

    Ahh, gotcha 😁👍 loving the nostalgia the Romulus head speculation is bringing to mind when thinking if the old toys though; I really can't wait to see the new alien in full... spent so much time focusing on the head I haven't considered the body design yet... more big chap? Stompy? Maybe a half way between one of those and the Covenant xeno (fleshy/biomechanical mix).. damnit I want to go into cryo sleep until August 16th 🤣
  4. Acid_Reign161
    Quote from: Jaws the Revenge on May 16, 2024, 11:09:44 AMThat 10 inch figure is bizarre. Who was this lonely 10 inch weirdo meant to play with? May the 1996  12 inch Hicks vs Alien Weirdo Warrior from Kenner could be friends.

    Interesting that you mention those toys, as whilst I posted the Alien Resurrection 10" Warrior Drone for the semi-partitioned head dome design, I'd forgotten that the xeno in the Aliens vs Predator set (from the 12" range) also has the sort of spike at the top of the frontal dome that @Mike's Monsters mentioned is seen in Romulus 😃

    https://i.imgur.com/8tPW5Xf.jpeg
    https://i.imgur.com/mA3lOgv.jpeg

    I wonder if Fede perhaps was inspired in part by the Kenner/Hasbro toys. 😊
  5. Jaws the Revenge
    That 10 inch figure is bizarre. Who was this lonely 10 inch weirdo meant to play with? May the 1996  12 inch Hicks vs Alien Weirdo Warrior from Kenner could be friends.
  6. GrimmVision
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on May 14, 2024, 02:14:11 PMOne of the things I enjoyed about Covenant was finally having two androids of the same model sharing the screen together, and the prospect of seeing more copies of other models is one I'm quite excited about. It's just that nice little bit of world-building and continuity that I enjoy.

    I'm very curious as to what role he'll play on the station, not being part of the Corbelan's crew. What will his interactions with Andy be like? Will he be under the same Special Orders Ash was? Will he have played a part in the demise of the Renaissance station? Or are we going to see a benevolent/helpful "Ash"?
  7. Corporal Hicks
    One of the things I enjoyed about Covenant was finally having two androids of the same model sharing the screen together, and the prospect of seeing more copies of other models is one I'm quite excited about. It's just that nice little bit of world-building and continuity that I enjoy.
  8. BigDaddyJohn
    Quote from: Acid_Reign161 on May 13, 2024, 10:23:39 PM
    Quote from: BigDaddyJohn on May 13, 2024, 08:55:45 PM
    Quote from: Slutty Badger on May 13, 2024, 08:51:37 PM
    Quote from: BigDaddyJohn on May 13, 2024, 08:50:49 PMLol who's "we" ? I'm certainly not a part of it.

    Then you are not a part of this fanbase! Begone!

    Don't you wanna join the Alien 3 cult club instead ?  ;)

    Yes, join us! We have no f**king ice cream! 🤣

    No rubbers, no women, no guns... But we do have a thing for A3 baby.  8)
  9. The Cruentus
    Quote from: BigDaddyJohn on May 13, 2024, 02:45:57 PM
    Quote from: The Cruentus on May 13, 2024, 01:43:07 PM
    Spoiler
    What is it about ash that is a cameo then, it can't be anything physical since Nostromo was destroyed completely, so if his head pops up then whoever came with that idea should quit showbusiness. If its BC then its goes back to the stupidity that I mentioned earlier
    [close]

    Spoiler
    It's another robot with the same features, so not exactly the same Ash. Big Chap is definitely there, but is supposed to look damaged.
    [close]

    Spoiler
    I see, I mean there is a precedent for androids using the same model so that is not too bad, still a shame about BC though.
    [close]
  10. BigDaddyJohn
    Quote from: The Cruentus on May 13, 2024, 01:43:07 PM
    Spoiler
    What is it about ash that is a cameo then, it can't be anything physical since Nostromo was destroyed completely, so if his head pops up then whoever came with that idea should quit showbusiness. If its BC then its goes back to the stupidity that I mentioned earlier
    [close]

    Spoiler
    It's another robot with the same features, so not exactly the same Ash. Big Chap is definitely there, but is supposed to look damaged.
    [close]
  11. The Cruentus
    Spoiler
    What is it about ash that is a cameo then, it can't be anything physical since Nostromo was destroyed completely, so if his head pops up then whoever came with that idea should quit showbusiness. If its BC then its goes back to the stupidity that I mentioned earlier
    [close]
  12. SiL
    I don't want it to play any role.

    The recent still of the two actors using the gun recalling Ripley and Hicks, along with Spaeny in the elevator in the trailer, really don't give me confidence this will be much more than a memberberry salad with some neat setpieces thrown in.
  13. SiL
    Spoiler
    Yeah, even beyond my ethical issues I think it's a dumb idea. It reeks of nostalgia baiting and doesn't make a lot of sense that an Android spy would have an off the shelf face.

    It's just shitty midquel energy.
    [close]
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