Young Space Travelers Fight for Survival in “Alien: Romulus” Trailer

Isabela Merced in
Isabela Merced in "Alien: Romulus"

It’s been years since the last film in the Alien series came out, and this franchise is finally getting its long-awaited revival. The first trailer for Alien: Romulus sees a young group of space travelers fighting for survival after coming face to face with a mysterious life force.

Directed by Fede Álvarez (Don’t Breathe), who co-wrote the script alongside Rodo Sayagues, Alien: Romulus takes us back to the roots of this beloved franchise. The standalone film is set between the events of Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986), and here’s what it has in store:

“While scavenging the deep ends of a derelict space station, a group of young space colonizers come face to face with the most terrifying life form in the universe,” reads 20th Century Studio’s official synopsis.

Alien: Romulus will introduce us to a group of brand-new characters, played by Cailee Spaeny (Priscilla), Isabela Merced (Madame Web), David Jonsson (Rye Lane), Archie Renaux (Shadow and Bone), Spike Fearn (Aftersun), and Aileen Wu.

Álvarez reached out to Ridley Scott and James Cameron while working on this film, and said they were impressed by his approach to the source material.

“Whatever Ridley said, Cameron said something different. They were all super smart comments, notes, and thoughts on the film and the filmmaking, et cetera, but both of them have completely different approaches,” Álvarez told The Hollywood Reporter.

Alien: Romulus is hitting the theaters on August 16, after the 20th Century Studio decided to shift from streaming to theatrical release.