The script for the first ‘Alien’ didn’t specify genders for any of the characters – and it was a bold move on the part of director Ridley Scott to cast a woman (and a newcomer) in the role.
For reasons too convoluted to go into* April 26 is officially Alien Day. But whatever the reason, we’ll take any excuse to rave about Ellen Ripley, the hero of Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi masterpiece and its sequels. The movies may take their title from the slimy xenomorphs that cause all the trouble, but the queen of the Alien series is, of course, Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, the greatest action hero of them all. Here are ten ways she rocks our world.
* The planet in the first two movies is called LV-426. 4/26 in the American calendar is today. Nope, us neither, really.