1986’s Aliens has given us many things: snappy one-liners; huge set-piece battles; Ripley fighting an Alien Queen in a forklift mecha; and of course Bill Paxton chewing up the scenery as Private Hudson.
We also got the utterly fabulous performance of Carrie Henn as Newt, sole survivor of Hadley’s Hope colony. With her performance winning her the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor, it seemed that Henn was going on to big things. Aliens would prove to be her only film role, however, as she decided to go into teaching.
Things change, however, as 29 years later Henn has signed up to appear in a fan film called Alien Identity, set 14 years after the events of Aliens in an alternate timeline where Alien³ never happened. Elle Viane Sonnet will play Newt, with Henn playing Anne Jorden, Newt’s mother, in a flashback. Ricco Ross, who played Private Frost in Aliens, is producing the project and will also appear as Frost’s brother Richard.
Henn was recently asked about the project and responded positively, saying:
“I am looking forward to working on Aliens from a different perspective. I can’t wait to hear what all the fans think!”
Fan films have had something of a mixed reputation over the years. Some of the Star Trek fan-produced films of recent years have; however, produced better storylines than Paramount have managed so it’s hopeful that this will be a goer. Fingers crossed.
Source: Digital Spy