Alien fans, here is the news you’ve been waiting for. Niell Blomkamp’s Alien 5 will enter pre-production as early as next week! Director Neill Blomkamp himself confirmed that Alien star, Sigourney Weaver will officially reprise her role as Ellen Ripley. While we all hoped that she would, we are thrilled to know its true. There has also been recent news of Michael Biehn’s return to the franchise as Corporal Hicks.
This news comes to us from Entertainment tonight, during an interview they held with both Blomkamp and Weaver during the red carpet premiere for their current film Chappie.
When ET asked Sigourney if Ripley would be coming back by saying: “There are two factors [Neill Blomkap] needs: Ripley and the Aliens.” Later down the red carpet, ET asked Blomkamp when he plans to start Alien 5, he replied by saying as early as next week. The reporter then asked if Sigourney would be cast to which Blomkamp responded “She is the Alien franchise to me, so yeah.” ET
For all of us who grew up watching Ripley and the Aliens this is exciting news. Sigourney will add so much to this film and probably revive the franchise. Set for release in 2017, we will have to wait patiently.