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Monday 28 July 2014

Weaver reprising Alien role in game

Sigourney Weaver is reprising her famous role in a game called Alien: Isolation

Sigourney Weaver is set to reprise her Alien role in a new game.

The actress will once again portray unflappable officer Ellen Ripley, but this time it will be in an upcoming video game set after the events of the original 1979 film.

Sigourney, who recorded new dialogue for the game, said she picked up right where she left off as the tough-as-nails character in filmmaker Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror masterpiece.

"It was eerie how quickly it happened," she said. "Honestly. I had to start with this sort of sign-off, 'This is Lieutenant Ripley of the starship Nostromo.' You know, that paragraph. I felt like no time had passed. It was really strange, actually. If anything, it was more affecting to me to read it again 35 years later."

The bonus Crew Expendable and Last Survivor levels, which will be available to those who pre-order the game, will allow players to portray Nostromo crew members Ripley, Dallas (Tom Skerritt) or Parker (Yaphet Kotto) as they explore the doomed ship and coordinate their efforts with Lambert (Veronica Cartwright) and Ash (Ian Holm) to lure the menacing alien into the airlock.

Isolation focuses on Ripley's daughter Amanda, who was briefly mentioned in a scene from the 1986 sequel Aliens.

In the game, Amanda travels to a remote space station to find the Nostromo's flight recorder and encounters a creature similar to the one that terrorised her mother.

"I feel like they followed through," Sigourney said of the game's plot. "Emotionally, what would Amanda want? She'd want to find her mother. She's drawn to the same line of work. There are a lot of things that were arresting to me. I have no idea what the game is like. I hope it's creepy and suspenseful and engaging in a way that other games are not - an experience."

Isolation follows a long line of games based on the Alien franchise, but it's the only title that the actress has signed on to participate in and marks the first time she's reprised the part since 1997's Alien Resurrection.

"I thought it was an interesting idea," said Sigourney. "The ones I turned down - I remember one of them, anyway - was shoot the alien, shoot the marine, shoot anything that didn't move. That didn't make any sense for my character. Ripley was more interested in protecting life than annihilating it. It just didn't make any sense for me to be part of that."

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