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Wednesday, 21 February, 2001, 12:49 GMT
Sigourney denies Alien 5 role
Sigourney Weaver
Weaver 'interested' by reports of $22m fee
Hollywood actress Sigourney Weaver has denied she is to star in the fifth Alien movie.

Recent reports suggested that Weaver, 51, would be paid $22m to reprise her role as Ellen Ripley in the cult horror sci-fi movie.

The actress told US TV show Access Hollywood that she had not even spoken to anyone about the possibility.

"I was interested to read that I was doing a fifth film for a phenomenal amount of money.

"Unfortunately, it wasn't true. At least the sum. And I haven't really talked to Fox about making another."

She added that while it was very likely a script for a fifth Alien was "lying around at Fox somewhere', she had not been approached by the film company.

Weaver has starred in numerous big movies such as Working Girl and Gorillas in the Mist.

But she is best-known for the four Alien movies and her role as the steel-jawed space crusader Ellen Ripley.

A-list

British director Ridley Scott - latterly applauded for Gladiator and Hannibal - saw Weaver working off-Broadway and felt she would perfect for the part.

The character of Ellen Ripley developed by Weaver was intelligent, resourceful, strong and courageous.

The first Alien movie
The first Alien movie made Weaver a huge star

Alien in 1979 proved to be one of the year's biggest hits and put Weaver on Hollywood's A-list.

However, she did not reprise the part until the sequel, Aliens, made by Titanic director James Cameron, was made seven years later.

The second film was full of more gore than the first and taking on Ripley again won Weaver a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

Alien 3, directed by David Fincher, came in 1993, followed by the fourth film Alien 4: Resurrection in 1997, set 200 years after Ripley's death.

The film was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and saw Weaver's character revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against her traditional space monster foe.

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