Cailee Spaeny, who co-starred in Bad Times at the El Royale and Pacific Rim: Uprising, is in talks to play the lead in the next Alien movie from director Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe).
Plot details remain under wraps, and it’s unclear whether Spaeny will be taking over the role of Newt (the young girl introduced in Aliens) or playing a brand new character altogether. She follows in the footsteps of Sigourney Weaver and Noomi Rapace, who led the previous six installments in the franchise.
Ridley Scott, who directed the original Alien in 1979 as well as the more recent sequels Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017), will produce the new movie under his Scott Free banner, while Alvarez will also produce. 20th Century Studios is producing the movie, which is being made for Hulu, the streamer that had success with last year’s Predator prequel Prey.
Spaeny recently starred in FX’s Devs and HBO’s Mare of Easttown, and she has also played the daughters of two famous women — Eleanor Roosevelt‘s daughter in the Showtime series The First Lady, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s daughter in On the Basis of Sex.
Spaeny’s other credits include The Craft: Legacy and Adam McKay‘s Vice, and she’s currently shooting Sofia Coppola‘s new movie Priscilla, in which she plays Elvis Presley‘s ex-wife. The rising starlet is represented by WME and Sugar 23.
Deadline broke the news of her casting as soon as Above the Line reached out to the studio to confirm it.