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Alien: Romulus star Cailee Spaeny reveals when the movie takes place within the series' chronology

Clue: it's sandwiched between the two excellent ones

Alien: Covenant - xenomorph
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Priscilla star Cailee Spaeny has revealed where in the increasingly complex Alien chronology the new movie directed by Evil Dead remake director Fede Álvarez falls in.

While the mysterious 20th Century Studios-produced movie, tentatively titled Alien: Romulus, has often been described by those in the know as a standalone story set in the larger Alien universe, Spaeny firmly confirmed while talking to Variety that "it's supposed to slot in between the first movie and the second movie." She also showed her excitement about jumping into such a famous sci-fi series after her role in Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018): "I like trying to do as many different things as I can. So I swapped my high heels and my beehive for spacesuits and lots of wire work... I love watching those old ‘70s, ‘80s action sci-fi films. And I’m such a fan of that IP and Sigourney Weaver. It’s legendary to get to be a part of it."

Romulus' position between Ridley Scott's Alien and James Cameron's Aliens (a whopping 57-year gap) raises important questions and places some limitations on the script. For example, with the Weyland-Yutani Corporation desperately searching for the xenomorphs on LV-426 after the incident of the Nostromo, whatever happens in Romulus has to be either unknown to the Company or covered up. It also remains to be seen whether it'll at least reference characters and locations from those two movies or do its own thing like most of the Alien comics.

Ridley Scott is a producer on this project as well as the upcoming Alien TV series from Noah Hawley, which seems to be narratively disconnected. Fede Álvarez also wrote the script alongside Rodo Sayagues (Don't Breathe). The rest of the cast includes Isabela Merced (Madame Web), Archie Renaux (Shadow and Bone), Spike Fearn (Tell Me Everything), David Jonsson (Industry), and Aileen Wu (Skin). The story is rumored to follow a group of young thieves that unfortunately cross paths with the universe's most lethal living being. You know what comes next.

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