Michael Biehn has confirmed that he’s set to reprise the role of Corporal Duane Hicks from 1986’s Aliens in Neill Blomkamp’s as-yet-untitled Alien sequel.
|Be still my heart.|
Posting on Instagram in response to a comment about his scheduled appearance at Sheffield Film and Comic-Con in the UK, Biehn stated that,
“I’m not looking at scheduling conflicts with the Sheffield Comic Con, due to my contract for Aliens to begin filming during then.”
Fan favourite Hicks was featured in the original concept art that Blomkamp posted for his then-unofficial Alien sequel, which has since been given the greenlight from Fox and will also see Sigourney Weaver back as Ripley.
Fans of the series might note that Hicks (spoilers for a decades old film) totally died in the beginning of Alien 3 in the most non-Hicks way possible: Eating it offscreen in a spaceship crash. Biehn was set at first to become the new protagonist of the series in that sequel, but due to a production straight out of hell he was eventually killed off in the movie's years of rewrites and reimaginings. Biehn was even paid for his role in the movie, despite not actually appearing in the movie after he protested.
Looks like Blomkamp is throwing this all right out the airlock, and boy does it feel good to know that a grizzled Kyle Reese stomping Xenomorph heads all over again. Let's face it everybody, if we want one 1980's cool dude coming back, it's this man. He may be older, but he still looks good, and that's more than you can say for most of those dudes (looking at you Harrison).
"Error, malfunction in cryo-sleep chamber. You have aged approximately 30 years."
Now if only we can see what Bill Paxton and Lance Henrikson are up to...