Michael Biehn Reveals Newt’s Return in Blomkamp’s ‘Alien 5’ | Film News
With Alien: Covenant now set for an October 6 2017 release, the fate of Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien 5 remains currently unknown. Ridley Scott, director of Covenant and executive producer on Blomkamp’s film, has requested that the film halt development until he has finished the story he began with Prometheus, leaving many fans disappointed.
Now Michael Biehn, who played Hicks in Aliens and is still attached to reprise his role in Alien 5, recently revealed a detail that should excite fans of the James Cameron classic: the return of Newt, “They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back, and at this point Newt will be around twenty-seven 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 and this younger actress who would play Newt“.
Biehn also acknowledged the clash between Scott and Blomkamp’s projects and accepts that they need to remain separate. “I know Ridley Scott is doing his movie first and is going to be the executive producer on this one, so I’m really looking forward to that. I know that Ridley’s focus is on the second Prometheus and I’m sure that he and Fox both don’t want that and Neill’s movie to come out right next to each other, because they’re kind of two different worlds, with Aliens taking place thousands of years later, which is how they explained it all to me, but at the same time, they want to give them a similar feel“.
Carrie Henn played the role of Newt, a young girl orphaned during a Xenomorph attack on LV-426, in the 1986 film and was unceremoniously killed off-camera along with Hicks in the 1992 sequel Alien 3. With Alien 5 set to ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, the return of Newt and Hicks should prove a popular move amongst die-hard fans of the franchise.