Created byNoah Hawley
Based on
ShowrunnerNoah Hawley
Written byNoah Hawley
Directed byNoah Hawley
Country of origin
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
Production locationThailand
Production companies
Original release
NetworkFX on Hulu

Alien is an upcoming science fiction horror television series written and directed by Noah Hawley, based on the Alien franchise. The series will serve as a prequel and will be set three decades before the events of the 1979 film Alien.[1] It stars Sydney Chandler, Alex Lawther, Samuel Blenkin, Essie Davis, and Adarsh Gourav. The series is a joint-venture production between 20th Television and Scott Free Productions, and will be released on FX on Hulu.






In February 2019, Bloody Disgusting reported that two Alien television series were in development, one animated, Alien: Isolation, and one live-action, from Ridley Scott for the network FX on Hulu.[8] In December 2020, as part of Disney's Investor Day presentation, the latter television series project was officially announced to be in development for the network, with Noah Hawley as showrunner and Scott as executive producer, being set on Earth in the near future.[9][10] On February 17, 2022, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the series is a prequel taking place before the events of Alien (1979).[11] Hawley himself confirmed that the series will be tied more into the style and mythology of the original 1979 film rather than the prequel films Prometheus (2012), and Alien: Covenant (2017).[12] In April 2023, Landgraf stated that the series was in "active pre-production".[13]


In May 2023, Sydney Chandler was cast in the lead role,[14] followed by Alex Lawther, Samuel Blenkin, Essie Davis, and Adarsh Gourav in July.[3] Timothy Olyphant and David Rysdahl would be among those added to the cast in November 2023.[15][2][5]


Principal photography was scheduled to begin in March 2022, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16] Production on the series began on July 19, 2023, in Thailand.[3] Filming (without American actress Sydney Chandler) was allowed to occur during the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike due to the series' British cast working under an Equity contract.[16][3] In late August, the production was halted due to the strike.[4] Filming had resumed as of April 2024.[7]


According to Hawley, Alien is expected to premiere in the first half of 2025.[16]


  1. ^ Lattanzio, Ryan (August 3, 2022). "'Alien' FX Series Will Be Closer in Tone to First Two Movies: Expect to be 'Caught Off Guard'". IndieWire. Retrieved July 21, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Grobar, Matt (November 28, 2023). "Noah Hawley's Alie Adds David Rysdahl". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 28, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c d e Shackleton, Liz; Andreeva, Nellie (July 20, 2023). "'Alien': Alex Lawther & Samuel Blenkin Among Quartet Cast As FX Series Starts Production With No SAG-AFTRA Actors Amid Strike". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 21, 2023.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 29, 2023). "Alien: Kit Young Added To Cast; FX Series Halts Filming Amid SAG-AFTRA Strike". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 29, 2023.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Otterson, Joe (November 29, 2023). "Noah Hawley's Alien Series at FX Rounds Out Main Cast (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved November 29, 2023.
  6. ^ Grobar, Matt (January 4, 2023). "Moe Bar-El Joins Alien TV Series As Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 5, 2024.
  7. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (April 19, 2024). "FX's Alien Series Adds Foundation Actress Sandra Yi Sencindiver, Filming Continues In Thailand". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 19, 2024.
  8. ^ Squires, John (February 13, 2019). "[Rumor] Two 'Alien' Franchise TV Shows in the Works, One from Ridley Scott and Hulu?".
  9. ^ Scott, Ryan (December 10, 2020). "Alien TV Show Is Coming to FX, Will Take Place on Earth". MovieWeb. Retrieved February 9, 2023.
  10. ^ Breznican, Anthony (July 1, 2021). "New Alien TV Series Will Be Class Warfare With Xenomorphs". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 9, 2023.
  11. ^ Hibberd, James (February 17, 2022). "FX Gives New Details on 'Alien' TV Series, Teases "Big Surprises"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 15, 2024.
  12. ^ Brew, Caroline (January 14, 2024). "Noah Hawley Explains Why 'Prometheus' and 'Covenant' Are 'Inherently Less Useful' for 'Alien' Prequel Series". Variety. Retrieved January 15, 2024.
  13. ^ Wilding, Josh (April 6, 2023). "Alien: Noah Hawley's Upcoming TV Series Gets A Positive Update From FX Boss John Landgraf". Sci-Fi & Fantasy Gazette. Retrieved May 12, 2023.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 1, 2023). "FX's 'Alien' TV Series Taps Sydney Chandler to Star". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 1, 2023.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 27, 2023). "Alien: Timothy Olyphant Joins Noah Hawley's FX Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 27, 2023.
  16. ^ a b c Cobb, Kayla (November 8, 2023). "Alien Series Aiming to Premiere in 'First Half' of 2025, According to Noah Hawley". The Wrap. Retrieved November 9, 2023.