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Alien 5 may or may not be happening, with plans still up in the air. But writer and director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) has released a drawing of what he thinks Newt would look like in his sequel to Aliens if it does indeed move forward.

To backtrack, Newt was the young girl (Carrie Henn) saved by Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in 1986’s Aliens, co-written and directed by James Cameron.

Blomkamp’s rendering sees Newt in her twenties. He posted the artwork last night on Instagram, leading up to Alien Day (April 26), which is a fan holiday created by Fox to celebrate the franchise:

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If you’re scratching your head thinking, “Didn’t Newt, umm, die in Alien 3?” Well, yes, and there are some theories out there that she would return in a different form or Blomkamp may ignore Alien 3 and Resurrection all together.

Sigourney Weaver chimed in on Alien 5 happening, telling Aggressive Comix recently, “Ridley (Scott) asked Neill not to make our Alien ’til after Prometheus 2. He (Ridley) wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it’s an amazing script, and Neill and I are really excited about doing it. We’re doing other things until we can get going on that. I’d be really surprised if we didn’t do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait.”

Scott is currently filming Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Prometheus, which is set to release on October 6, 2017.

If you’re interested in taking part in Alien Day, Collidor has a watch-list for the 24-hour fan celebration.

Who do you see playing Newt as a grown-up?

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By Brigid Brown