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Cailee Spaeny in Talks For 20th Century Studios New ‘Alien’ Movie

20th Century Studios Prey was a massive hit and brought the Predator back into the spotlight. Now, the studio is hoping to do the same with the Alien franchise.

According to Deadline, Cailee Spaeny (How It Ends) is in talks to star in the studio’s new Alien movie, which has Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez directing and Ridley Scott’s production banner Scott Free producing. Per the trade, Spaeny has been the top choice for the lead role for some time following several meetings with producers and Alvarez.

The new movie will see the iconic ferocious race of alien beings called Xenomorphs will be front and center again reigning terror against the humans that cross their paths. The studio and Scott Free made this project one of their top priorities following a pitch from Alvarez. The hope is to get the film released next year.

The Alien franchise, which consists of six movies and two spinoffs (with the predator), has had its ups and downs both financially and critically. 20th Century Studios’ last effort, the Ridley Scott-directed Alien Covenant grossed over $240 million in 2017. Disney has been in various stages of getting a series off the ground for FX with no real movement in the last few months and it is unknown if the series will movie forward.

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