Alien: Romulus to have UK premiere at EIFF

Franchise horror will open Midnight Madness strand

by Amber Wilkinson

Alien: Romulus will have its UK premiere at EIFF
Alien: Romulus will have its UK premiere at EIFF Photo: Courtesy of EIFF
Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced it will screen the UK premiere of Alien: Romulus.

The film written and directed by Fede Álvarez and produced by Ridley Scott sees a group of young colonists unwittingly awaken trouble on a decommissioned space station as they make a bid to leave their doomed planet.

The space horror, which stars Cailee Spaeny, David Jonsson and Spike Fern, will open the festival's Midnight Madness strand on August 15 before going on general release in the UK and Ireland the following day.

EIFF eirector Paul Ridd said: "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. Fede Álvarez 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."

The full programme for EIFF will be announced on July 10.

Watch the trailer for Alien: Romulus below:

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