Earlier this summer, production on the upcoming FX series, “Alien”, was shut down in Bangkok, Thailand, due to the Screen Actors Guild union going on strike, as the show’s main character is played by Sydney Chandler, who is an American.
The new series is set not too far into our future, and it’s the first Alien story set on Earth. It blends both the timeless horror of the first “Alien” film with the non-stop action of the second and will take place before Ripley.
“Alien” is being created by Noah Hawley, who is also the creator of FX’s “Fargo”, which will return this month for its fifth season on Hulu and FX. During a recent interview with Deadline to promote the return of “Fargo”, Noah revealed that filming on “Alien” will begin after the holidays.
“We’re getting back into production as quickly as possible. We’re shooting in Bangkok, a half a world away; shooting again in the New Year,”
The cast of “Alien” also includes Alex Lawther (Star Wars: Andor), Samuel Blenkin (Black Mirror), Kit Young (Shadow And Bone), Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and Adarsh Gourav (The White Tiger).
The new “Alien” series was initially announced at Disney’s Investor Day event in 2020 and will be coming to Disney’s streaming services, including Hulu, Star+, and Disney+ in 2025, as long as there are no more delays.
While the strike started in July, filming could continue a little longer, as they tried to film as much as possible without Sydney since most of the cast are members of the British actor’s union, Equity, who weren’t on strike. However, filming eventually stopped in August. Noah explained how he’s been using what’s already been filmed:
“I got some footage. Some of the first hour was shot before we had to shutdown. It’s stuff to play with and edit. I’m excited to get back in there.”
The good news for “Alien” fans is that while this FX series won’t arrive until 2025, 20th Century Studios has already filmed a new movie, called “Alien: Romulus”, which will be released in cinemas in August 2024.
Previous “Alien” films are available to stream now on Disney+ in many countries, including the UK, Canada and Australia.
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