Fede Alvarez’s “Alien: Romulus” to Have UK Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Fede Alvarez is preparing for an out-of-this-world premiere in Scotland…

The 46-year-old Uruguayan filmmaker’s Alien: Romulus will make its UK premiere at the revamped Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) in August.

Fede AlvarezThe highly anticipated reboot of Ridley Scott’s horror franchise will open the festival’s new Midnight Madness strand on August 15.

20th Century Studios will release the film in the UK and Ireland on August 16, the same day as its U.S. launch.

Produced by Scott and co-written and directed by Alvarez, the film stars Cailee Spaeny, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Isabela Merced, Spike Fearn and Aileen Wu.

Billed as a return to the franchise’s roots, the film follows a group of young space colonizers who, while scavenging on a derelict space station, come face to face with the most terrifying life form in the universe.

Alien: Romulus“We are absolutely ecstatic to be the UK premiere host for this viciously entertaining new vision for the Alien franchise from one of the most exciting horror filmmakers currently working,” said EIFF Director, Paul Ridd 

“Fede Alvarez brings a sense of tradition and legacy, as well as gory originality and swagger to the table, and we can think of no better way to open our Midnight Madness programme than with this showstopping new film. Plus knowing that Ridley Scott’s seminal original ALIEN also played a midnight UK premiere at the Festival back in 1979 is the icing on a spectacular, albeit very gnarly, cake. Bring it on.”

Former Picturehouse Cinema acquisitionns exec Ridd is gearing up for this first edition of EIFF at the helm, with the festival undergoing a revamp after a difficult few years.

The EIFF will run from August 15 to 21.

The full program will be unveiled on July 10.

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