Cailee Spaeny may be starring in the next Alien movie, the seventh in the series and the first since Alien: Covenant was released in 2017. The new script is being written by the Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez, who will also direct.
He had earlier directed Don’t Breathe and the 2013 remake of Evil Dead.
Spaeny, who attracted much notice for her appearance in HBO’s Mare of Easttown, is reportedly in negotiation for the role in the sci-fi horror franchise. She’s currently playing the role of Priscilla Presley in Sofia Coppola’s biopic about legendary rock-‘n’-roll singer Elvis Presley and his wife.
A relative newcomer to the film world, the 25-year-old Spaeny began her acting career as a teenager with the Little Theatre in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri, where she played Dorothy in a production of The Wizard of Oz. She made her screen debut playing the role of Erica in the 2016 short film Counting to 1000. In 2018, she starred in Steven S.
DeKnight’s sci-fi monster thriller, Pacific Rim Uprising. That same year, she also appeared in Drew Goddard’s thriller Bad Times at the El Royale and in two biographical dramas: On the Basis of Sex and Vice. Spaeny was also included in the main cast of the FX miniseries Devs, and starred in The Craft: Legacy, both of which appeared in 2020.
The new Alien installment will be co-produced by Alvarez and Ridley Scott, who directed the original Alien movie back in 1979. Its various sequels and prequels describe a race of alien beings called Xenomorphs who implant eggs inside humans by means of “facehuggers” that emerge from their victims’ chests in a frenzy of violence and mayhem. All of the installments have included a strong female lead, including such actors as Sigourney Weaver, Andrea Deck, and Laurel Lefkow.
The American Film Institute ranked Alien as the sixth “most thrilling” American film and the seventh-best movie in the science-fiction genre. In 2006, IGN anointed Alien as the thirteenth-best film franchise of all time.