The awards season has officially begun with the return of the Gotham Awards in New York City. The annual ceremony celebrates independent television and film with this year’s special tribute designed for Greta Gerwing, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Michael Mann, and George C. Wolfe. Among the list of nominees, Cailee Spaeny was also nominated for lead performance in ‘Priscilla’. Spaeny spilled the beans regarding the placement of the upcoming Alien: Romulus‘ in the timeline of the franchise.
So, what can fans expect from the latest addition to the long-running franchise? We have the details.
Where Will ‘Alien: Romulus’ Connect Fit Into The Timeline?
Directed by Fede Álvarez, the upcoming ‘Alien’ movie marks the ninth entry in the long-running series. Starring Isabela Merced, Archie Renaux along Cailee Spaeny in the lead, ‘Alien: Romulus’ will be released in August 2024.
During an appearance at the 2023 Gotham Independent Film Awards, the ‘Priscilla’ star revealed that Fede Álvarez’s ‘Alien: Romulus’ will take place between Ridley Scott’s original 1979 ‘Alien’ and James Cameron’s 1986 sequel ‘Aliens’. Both the films of the franchise were considered the best in the genre of sci-fiction. She also revealed that the creature effects team from Cameron’s movie was also involved in building the xenomorphs that will appear throughout the course of the movie, establishing a connection with the previous film.
Cailee Spaeny also added, “So getting to see the original design with the original people who have been working on these films for 45-plus years and has been so much of their life has been really incredible.”
‘Alien: Romulus’ Will Finally Bring Justice to Ellen Ripley
With the revelation of its place in the timeline, ‘Aliens: Romulus’ will open a whole new and exciting possibilities and an exploration in the upcoming potential sequel. It will also complete the story of Sigourney Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley who was left floating in space for nearly six decades before her body was recovered by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation in ‘Aliens’.
The gap between the two films will allow the director to explore the plausible explanations for Ellen Ripley’s character arc as she is an important part of the franchise’s story. It is also possible that references to Ripley’s original ship, the Nostromo, or even the exomoon LV-42 that was featured in ‘Aliens’ could be used as a potential connection between the previous two films and ‘Aliens: Romulus’. However, this will only be possible if Sigourney Weaver is willing to return for the role again.
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