Sigourney Weaver reprises 'Alien' role in new game

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FILE - In this July 14, 1986 file photo, actress Sigourney Weaver and director James Cameron, left, attend the premiere of the thriller "Aliens" in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mathew, file)
This June 1, 2014 photo shows actress Sigourney Weaver posing at The Peninsula Hotel during media day for the Alien video game and 35th anniversary release of the film, "Alien," in Beverly Hills, Calif. Weaver, who portrayed unflappable officer Ellen Ripley in the "Alien" film franchise is reprising her role in "Alien: Isolation," an upcoming video game set after the events of the original 1979 film. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)
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Sigourney Weaver arrives at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actress Sigourney Weaver attends the 2013 Golden Heart Awards Gala on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
American actress Sigourney Weaver arrives at the UK Premiere of “The Counselor”, on Thursday Oct. 3, 2013, in London (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP Images)
US actress Sigourney Weaver holds her trophy for the category "best actress international" during the 48th Golden Camera award ceremony in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. The award honors outstanding achievements in television, film, and entertainment. (AP Photo/dpa, Maurizio Gambarini)
Actress Sigourney Weaver arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Actress Sigourney Weaver arrives for Christian Dior's Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Monday, Jan.21, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Actress Sigourney Weaver grabs Jay Leno's face as she describes her new movie, 'Alien' on the 'Tonight Show.' May 28, 1992 in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Sam Jones)
This theater image released by Philip Rinaldi Publicity shows Sigourney Weaver, right, during a performance of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in New York. The production won a Tony Award for best play on Sunday, June 9, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/ Philip Rinaldi Publicity, T. Charles Erickson)
Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson arrives on the red carpet at the 67th Annual Tony Awards, on Sunday, June 9, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left and actress Sigourney Weaver speak onstage at the 67th Annual Tony Awards, on Sunday, June 9, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actress Sigourney Weaver arrives for the American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House, Monday, May 13, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision/AP)
Actress Sigourney Weaver attends the 2013 Golden Heart Awards Gala on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
This image released by USA Network shows Sigourney Weaver in a scene from "Political Animals." Weaver was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for her role in the "Political Animals." It was also nominated for best TV miniseries. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/USA Network, David Giesbrecht)
Cast members, from left, Sigourney Weaver, Isiah Whitlock, Anne Heche, Alla Shawkat and Ed Helms attend a special screening of 'Cedar Rapids' hosted by the Cinema Society at the SVA Theater on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Cast member Sigourney Weaver arrives at the premiere of "Abduction" in Los Angeles, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. "Abduction" opens in theaters Sept. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
British actor, Simon Pegg, American actress, Sigourney Weaver and British actor Nick Frost attend the World Premiere of Paul at a central London cinema, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)
Anna Kendrick, left, and Sigourney Weaver attend the Governors Ball following the the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Penelope Cruz, left and Sigourney Weaver arrive at the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
U.S. actor Harrison Ford reacts with U.S. actress Sigourney Weaver, right, after receiving a Cesar award of honor during the 35th Cesar Awards ceremony in Paris, France, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
From left, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver are photographed backstage at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Cast members Zoe Saldana, left, Sigourney Weaver, center, and Michelle Rodriguez pose together at the premiere of "Avatar" in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actress Sigourney Weaver poses for a picture in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
U.S. film director and jury president Barry Levinson, center, flanked by Italian actress and jury member Caterina Murino, left, and and U.S. actress Sigourney Weaver poses during the royal diner after the opening ceremony of the 8th Marrakech Film Festival, Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 in Marrakech. The festival runs from Nov. 14 to 22. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: Disney's Bob Iger and Sigourney Weaver at the World Premiere of Disney-Pixar's 'WALL-E' on June 21, 2008 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP Images)
U.S. actress Sigourney Weaver during a news conference on her movie 'Snow Cake' at the Berlinale in Berlin on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006. The competition movie 'Snow Cake', a British-Canadian co-production, is the opening film of the 56. International Film Festival Berlinale, held in Berlin from Feb. 9 until Feb.19. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz)
Actress Sigourney Weaver, left, and actor John Lithgow are presenters during the 58th Annual Tony Awards show at New York's Radio City Music Hall, Sunday, June 6, 2004. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Sigourney Weaver receives a bouquet of flowers from Shinobu Izuna, a skin-headed Japanese model in a summer kimono robe, during news conference, Monday, July 6, 1992 in Tokyo, promoting the American actress latest adventure in her new movie "Alien 3." (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
Sigourney Weaver presents New York?s Planet Hollywood with her cracked costar from "Alien 3" Wednesday, June 3, 1992 in New York. The egg, a key ingredient to the Alien trilogy, will be added to the restaurant?s collection of memorabilia. (AP Photo/Chrystyna Czakowsky)
Actors Sigourney Weaver, Dustin Hoffman, and Jodie Foster, from left, pose with their Golden Globe statuettes backstage at the annual Golden Globe awards show in Beverly Hills, Calif., on January 29, 1989. Hoffman was awarded best actor for his performance in "Rain Man, " Weaver and Foster share the best actress honors for "Gorillas in the Mist," and "The Accused" respectively. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Actress Sigourney Weaver shown Nov. 29, 1983. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac)
Actress Sigourney Weaver shown during an interview, Feb. 26, 1981. (AP Photo/Pickoff)
British actor Ben Kingsley, right, and actress Sigourney Weaver pose at the premiere of their film, "Death and the Maiden," at the Plaza Theatre in Los Angeles, Ca., Sunday, Dec. 18, 1994. In the background at right is screenwriter Ariel Dorfman, who based the story upon his own play of the same name. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor William Hurt, left, and actress Sigourney Weaver talk during a celebration party at La Reserve in New York at night, Tuesday, August 8, 1984. The party kicked off the first Broadway performance of 'Hurlyburly' at the Ethel Barrymore Theater. Other cast members include Judith Ivey, Robin Williams, Ron Silver, Jerry Stiller and Sigourney Weaver's fiancé Jim Simpson. (AP Photo/Kaye)
Actress Sigourney Weaver, left, a native Canadian, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his wife Mila socialize at an American Academy of Dramatic Arts party for acting couple Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, Sunday, May 1, 1988 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. Cronyn, a native Canadian, has a scholarship fund in his name for Academy students from Canada. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)
Actors Sigourney Weaver, Dustin Hoffman, and Jodie Foster, from left, pose with their Golden Globe statuettes backstage at the annual Golden Globe awards show in Beverly Hills, Calif., on January 29, 1989. Hoffman was awarded best actor for his performance in "Rain Man, " Weaver and Foster share the best actress honors for "Gorillas in the Mist," and "The Accused" respectively. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
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By Derrik J. Lang

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Sigourney Weaver and the cast of "Alien" are virtually returning to the starship Nostromo.

The actress who portrayed unflappable officer Ellen Ripley in the "Alien" film franchise is reprising her role in "Alien: Isolation," an upcoming video game set after the events of the original 1979 film. Weaver, who recorded new dialogue for the game, says she picked up right where she left off as tough-as-nails Ripley in filmmaker Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror masterpiece.

"It was eerie how quickly it happened," Weaver told The Associated Press during a recent interview. "Honestly. I had to start with this sort of sign-off, 'This is Lieutenant Ripley of the starship Nostromo.' You know, that paragraph. I felt like no time had passed. It was really strange, actually. If anything, it was more affecting to me to read it again 35 years later."

The bonus "Crew Expendable" and "Last Survivor" levels, which will be available to those who pre-order the game, will allow players to portray Nostromo crew members Ripley, Dallas (Tom Skerritt) or Parker (Yaphet Kotto) as they explore the doomed ship and coordinate their efforts with Lambert (Veronica Cartwright) and Ash (Ian Holm) to lure the menacing alien into the airlock.

"We always hoped that somewhere down the line while working on this game that this reunion would happen," said Alistar Hope, the game's creative lead. "From working with Sigourney on the recordings, I really got a sense of how important this character is to her. The way that she worked on the lines and improvised unquestionably made them significantly better."

The central story of "Isolation" focuses on Ripley's daughter Amanda, who was briefly mentioned in a scene from the 1986 sequel "Aliens." In the game, created by British developer Creative Assembly, Amanda travels to a remote space station to find the Nostromo's flight recorder and encounters a creature similar to the one that terrorized her mother.

"I feel like they followed through," Weaver said of the game's plot. "Emotionally, what would Amanda want? She'd want to find her mother. She's drawn to the same line of work. There are a lot of things that were arresting to me. I have no idea what the game is like. I hope it's creepy and suspenseful and engaging in a way that other games are not - an experience."

"Isolation" follows a long line of games based on the "Alien franchise, but it's the only title that Weaver has signed on to participate in and marks the first time she's reprised the part since 1997's "Alien Resurrection," the fourth film in the series that ended with a clone of Ripley arriving on Earth. (The original Ripley sacrificed herself at the conclusion of 1992's "Aliens 3.")

"I thought it was an interesting idea," said Weaver. "The ones I turned down - I remember one of them, anyway - was shoot the alien, shoot the marine, shoot anything that didn't move. That didn't make any sense for my character. Ripley was more interested in protecting life than annihilating it. It just didn't make any sense for me to be part of that."

Before the Oct. 7 release of "Isolation" and an anniversary edition Blu-ray of "Alien," which will include the 1979 graphic novelization of the film, Weaver is expected to reunite with "Aliens" filmmaker James Cameron to begin work on his three "Avatar" sequels. Weaver's character met her demise on the mythical planet of Pandora in the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster.

"It's a lot of cool work for me to do, so I'm excited," said Weaver, who wouldn't elaborate on her role. "I think it's going to be intense. He's going to share with the world other worlds within Pandora. I know he has a very powerful vision for the environmental message of these three films that he hopes will make a difference around the world."

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