Alien 5 will 'give Ellen Ripley an ending,' says Sigourney Weaver

It'll be the first time the actor's played the character since 1997's Alien: Resurrection

The continuation of the Alien franchise is on the cusp of hitting overdrive as not one, but two films are prepped for release: Ridley Scott's Prometheus follow-up Alien: Covenant and a fifth Alien film from District 9 director Neil Blomkamp.

Despite the latter being put on hold to account for Scott's film - he does get first say as the series creator - one person who has been quite vocal about the film is Sigourney Weaver who has playedEllen Ripley in all four Alien films to date.

She has now suggested that Alien 5 will serve as the end of the beloved character's story.

"It's a great story and it's satisfying to me to give this woman an ending," Entertainment Weekly reports her as saying.

Regarding the current state of the project, Weaver commented: "Well, we have a great script. Fox asked us to delay so Ridley Scott could shoot his [second] Prometheus movie. That was too bad because we would have already done it by now.

"I hope it won't be a few [years]. I hope it'll be a couple. But we'll see."

In the meantime, Weaver will be put to work shooting up to four Avatar films under the guide of her Aliens director James Cameron while Blomkamp will direct sci-fi novel adaptation The Gone World.

Alien: Covenant stars Katharine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Demián Bichir, Danny McBride and Prometheus' original star, Noomi Rapace. It will be released August 2017.

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