Game over, man. Game over! The Xenomorphs, a ferocious species of extraterrestrials who have been terrifying audiences since 1979’s Alien, are back. Deadline has revealed a new film in Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi horror franchise is finally in the works, and this time, it will likely star up-and-coming actress Cailee Spaeny. There is next-to-no further information regarding the project, with its plot and placement on the Alien timeline still a mystery. Fede Alverez, known for his work on 2016’s instant thriller classic Don’t Breath and 2013’s Evil Dead remake, will direct the picture with Scott Free Productions on board to produce. Reports claim Scott Free and 20th Century Studios have made this project a top priority after being impressed by a pitch from Alverez, and filming will begin in early 2023.
Spaeny rose to fame in 2018, with supporting roles in Bad Times at the El Royale, Pacific Rim Uprising, and Vice. She achieved leading status over the past few years, in projects like The Craft: Legacy and How It Ends, before landing the coveted role of Priscilla Presley in Sofia Coppola‘s upcoming biopic Priscilla. The young performer has also booked a part in Alex Garland‘s next film, Civil War. It’s unknown who Spaeny might be playing in the next Alien film, but Deadline states she’s been the top choice for the lead role for some time. Alverez and 20th Century were reportedly very pleased with Spaeny following several meetings between her and the film’s producers. There is currently no release date for the project.