Isabela Merced joins the new Alien film, Alien: Romulus

Alien: Covenant which isn't Alien: Romulus
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Another casting announcement has been revealed as the new Alien film continues its production.

Having taken a while to make up its mind regarding the cinematic future of the Alien franchise, Disney is now pushing forwards full steam ahead with a new film in the saga, that is said not to be connected to its predecessors. Oh, and we might want to reappraise that term ‘cinematic future’ as well. Whilst the film is being helmed by Fede Alvarez who made a great-looking self-contained horror flick in the form of 2016’s Don’t Breathe, the new Alien movie likely won’t see the inside of a cinema. Instead, it will come straight to Disney+ here in the UK.

Although we’ve known about Noah Hawley’s planned TV series for what seems like a very long time, we learned around a year ago that Alvarez would be directing the first Alien film under Disney’s 20th Century Studios banner. We also know that Cailee Spaeny is starring in the film, taking on the role of a female lead. Spaeny is the star of Sofia Coppola’s upcoming Elvis & Priscilla.

Apparently, the film is going under the working title of Alien: Romulus and according to the Film & Television Industry Alliance production list, began shooting in Budapest, Hungary on February 6th. Now we’ve got some more casting news too: Isabela Merced has joined the project. Merced has featured in 20th Century Studios’ Romeo & Juliet spin-off, Rosaline as well as starring in the recent Father Of The Bride remake. She’s great in Instant Family, too.

No plot details have been revealed as yet and with just two pieces of casting, it’s too early to draw any conclusions. Many have likened the project to Dan Trachtenberg’s Prey, which continued the Predator film series on Disney+ and did a good job of it too. That project did its level best to remain under wraps for as long as possible. We’ll bring you more news on Alien: Romulus as we hear it.


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