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SF Casting News

Actress Sigourney Weaver has agreed to return to the Alien series a fifth time, according to the Sunday Express in the United Kingdom. The paper said that Alien 5, which would be released in 2004 to mark the 25th anniversary of the original film, would be the first one set on Earth.

"I've always wanted to do one where we go back to the planet from where the alien originally came or even get to Earth,'' Weaver told the newspaper.

The actress will also be executive-producer of the film which will be written by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who also wrote the last installment, Alien: Resurrection. The last film successfully revived the franchise after the disappointing Alien3, which killed of Weaver's character, Ripley. The fourth film brought Ripley back via cloning. According to the Sunday Express, Weaver would be paid $22 million, which puts her in the same league as stars Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise when they make action films. Comparatively, Weaver made $11 million and a share of potential profits for Alien: Resurrection and $5 million for Alien3.


Matt Schulze, co-star of the upcoming action film, The Fast and the Furious, has joined the cast of Blade 2, starring Wesley Snipes. Schulze will play a member of a vampire gang. Filming begins in March in Prague.


Kristen Kreuk has been hired to play young Lois Lane in WB TV's upcoming Superman series Smallville. Kreuk will also play the title character in ABC's movie version of Snow White, which is produced by Robert Halmi.