At the recent Gotham Awards, Cailee Spaeny, known for her role in “Priscilla,” subtly hinted about the upcoming film “Alien: Romulus” from 20th Century Studios. She leads the cast in this Fede Alvarez-directed revival, described as a standalone story within the “Alien” universe. Spaeny confirmed a rumor regarding the movie’s placement within the franchise’s timeline, stating it takes place between the first and second “Alien” films.
In an interview with Variety’s Michaela Zee, Spaeny revealed, “It’s supposed to slot in between the first movie and the second movie,” highlighting the involvement of the team from James Cameron’s “Aliens.” She expressed her awe at working with the original creators and designers of the xenomorphs, emphasizing the continuity and the legacy these individuals bring to the project after working on the films for over 45 years.
The original 1979 “Alien” directed by Ridley Scott saw Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley facing off against a xenomorph before entering cryogenic sleep for her journey back to civilization. James Cameron’s “Aliens” continued Ripley’s story as she joined a military mission to confront the xenomorph threat on a distant space colony. Whether “Alien: Romulus” directly ties to Ripley or the events of those initial two films remains uncertain.
Reflecting on her previous sci-fi experience in “Pacific Rim: Uprising,” Spaeny shared her enthusiasm for returning to the genre, expressing a fondness for diversifying her roles. She humorously compared her past roles involving high heels and elaborate hairstyles to now embracing spacesuits and wire work, showcasing her versatility as an actress.
Spaeny also addressed Variety’s report about Lisa Marie Presley’s reaction to the “Priscilla” film scripts, expressing empathy for Presley’s concerns but focusing her efforts on portraying and honoring Priscilla Presley’s perspective and story.
Nominated for outstanding lead performance in “Priscilla” at the Gotham Awards, Spaeny’s involvement in “Alien: Romulus” is highly anticipated, set to release in theaters on August 16, 2024.