'Alien': Michael Biehn Reveals What He Knows About Neill Blomkamp's Sequel

Aliens 1986 Still with Michael Biehn and Sigourney Weaver - H 2015
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"I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one," the actor says of the lead female role in the movie.

There's a lot that fans already know about Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie, even though it hasn't yet gone into production.

The film was, after all, announced by Fox only after Blomkamp shared concept artwork on social media (something he's continued to do post-announcement), and Blomkamp has given interviews talking about where the movie falls within the series' mythology. Now Michael Biehn, whose character Hicks from 1986's Aliens has appeared in the released concept art, has spoken about what he knows about the project.

"The basic idea is acting like Alien 3 and 4 never existed," Biehn explained during an interview with horror fan site Icons of Fright. "They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back and at this point Newt will be around 27 years old. I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one; it’s really a passing of the torch between Sigourney [Weaver] and this younger actress who would play Newt."

For those unfamiliar with Alien mythology, "Newt" was Rebecca "Newt" Jorden, the 6-year-old saved by Weaver's character from the Hadley's Hope settlement in the movie. She was originally played by Carrie Henn in James Cameron's 1986 movie Aliens. The use of both Hicks and a grown-up Newt means that the Blomkamp project oddly parallels the very first Aliens sequel, a 1988 comic book set for re-release from Dark Horse Comics next year.

Biehn said that, although Blomkamp's movie is temporarily on hold during the production on Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, he believed that it will eventually be made. "I know they’re putting the brakes on Neill’s movie just for a little while," he admitted, "but I really think that it would be embarrassing to Ridley and Fox and Sigourney if they just didn’t make the movie."