Sigourney Weaver overcame numerous fiery, slimy and face-hugging challenges throughout her run as Ellen Ripley in the four main “Alien” films. She blew stuff. She died. She even found herself being cloned back from the dead. With all of that behind her, it doesn’t seem to be completely out of the question that she might one day return to the role.
Unfortunately, when Weaver was asked about likelihood of Ripley’s return, she expressed very little faith in Hollywood.
“I doubt it just because the way the industry is,” the Oscar-nominated actress told Moviefone. “While I can’t speak for them, I think for Fox, once you’re 60, you’re not going to be starring in an action movie.”
If Fox could be persuaded, however, it sounds like Weaver would sign on to appear in one more movie battle against her intergalactic adversaries.
“I would have liked to do one last story where we go back to the planet, where Ripley’s history is resolved,” she said. “But I do feel like her story is unfinished.”
At 61, Weaver’s got plenty of acting left in her veins. Even if Fox doesn’t want to give her the whole spotlight, there has to be a way to get her back into the fight–preferably something that doesn’t involve her training Shia LeBouef to inherit her mantle as humanity’s last best hope.
Perhaps she could team up with Mila Kunis or Natalie Portman and show them how to wipe out a nest of H.R. Giger-designed nasties. The film would just need to aim a little higher than other recent installments from classic action franchises, such as “Indiana Jones” and “Rambo” that have tried to carry torches into theaters for a new generation.
At the end of the day, Fox will do what Fox wants to do, so don’t get your hopes up. Weaver also thinks it would be “great” if her character Grace from “Avatar” could come back for a sequel, though. And judging by her carefully chosen words, stating that she’s “not at a point where [she] can talk publicly about it,” seeing her back in action in that part sounds much more promising.