Tomorrow may be Alien Day but writer/director Neill Blomkamp has decided to give this side of the globe a little taste in advance! Now, we all know that according to the Alien series so far, Cpl. Hicks and Rebecca “Newt” Jordan, who made their debut in James Cameron’s Aliens, died in the beginning of Alien 3, much to the chagrin of fans. However, it seems that Blomkamp is eschewing that by planning on bringing back Newt, as evidenced by the picture he posted to Instagram, which you can see below!
Now, we already knew from early concept art that Cpl. Hicks was going to return, albeit a bit more scarred than his previous incarnation. Additionally, Michael Biehn said in an interview last year that the film is, “…planning on bringing me and Newt back and at this point Newt will be around twenty-seven years old…it’s really a passing of the torch between Sigourney and this younger actress who would play Newt. It would keep the franchise alive…” So this idea is nothing new but it hadn’t been confirmed until today.
Blomkamp’s Alien 5 is currently on hold while Ridley Scott finishes filming Alien: Convenant, the sequel to 2012’s sci-fi/thriller Prometheus, according to Sigourney Weaver.
Meanwhile, Carrie Henn, who played Newt in Aliens, has been very involved in Alien Day via her Twitter account. Again, that says absolutely nothing about the possibility of her coming back to reprise her role. And, to be completely realistic, the movie is so far from production that it’d be ridiculous to even speculate at the possibility. But it’s awesome to see the real Newt still so passionate and involved in the franchise.
I gotta tell you, for as much news that’s been coming out surrounding this universe, I’m not sick of any of it yet. I can’t wait to see how all of this connects!