Alien: Romulus Reveals Two Huge Controversial Elements Fans Are Going To Fight Over

By Douglas Helm | Published

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Alien: Romulus is hitting the big screen this summer, and details about the film have been pretty scant. But, the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy forum recently uncovered some potential spoilers for the film that will undoubtedly divide fans of the franchise. Apparently, the film will make some callbacks to the prequel films, with the black goo (known as accelerant in the franchise) making a return and a new synthetic character named Rook that features the voice and likeness of the late Sir Ian Holm.


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We know that Alien: Romulus takes place between Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986), and that it follows a group of young people on a distant world. So, it makes sense that the black goo, aka accelerant, exists in this film, but it doesn’t mean fans will be happy about it. Those who have seen Prometheus will remember the goo was made by the Engineers and was part of the origin of the Xenopmorphs, but scientists in Romulus will apparently be experimenting with it to create a miracle cure for diseases.

AI To Bring Back A Character Playing AI

Of course, this plan will likely go swimmingly just like any time scientists mess with dangerous things in movies. It’s not too surprising that the black goo is making a return in Alien: Romulus, but the report about the Rook character is definitely a pretty big surprise. This is a huge link to the original film, and AI is apparently being used to bring Ian Holm’s likeness and voice to the character.

MORE Aggressive?

While we don’t know a ton more about Alien: Romulus, we do know some things that won’t be in the film. Michael Fassbender’s android David will reportedly not be making an appearance and the Covenant colonization ship also won’t be part of it. There are also rumors that the film will feature more aggressive forms of the Xenomorphs, which is saying something since they’re already pretty aggressive.

The First Alien Movie Since 2017

Alien: Romulus is directed by Fede Alvarez, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Rodo Sayagues. The film stars Caliee Spaeny, Isabela Merced, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Spike Fearn, and Aileen Wu. The last film in the franchise was Alien: Covenant in 2017 and this is the first film in the franchise since Disney acquired 20th Century Fox. 

Aliens On TV

Alien: Romulus won’t be the only new Alien project we get in the near future, as FX is also releasing a show set three decades before the events of the original film. The Alien TV show is written and directed by Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion) and stars Sydney Chandler, Alex Lawther, Samuel Blenkin, Essie Davis, and Adarsh Gourav. Unlike Romulus, the TV series will reportedly be ignoring the events of the prequel films altogether.

Alien: Romulus Isn’t Too Far

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The Alien TV show is expected to air on FX sometime in early 2025. But we won’t have to wait that long to see more Alien content, because Alien: Romulus is set to come out later this year. The film will hit the big screen this summer on August 16.

Source: Alien vs. Predator Galaxy