As Neill Blomkamp’s previously released concept art strongly suggests, both Ripley and Hicks – or some version of both of the characters – are planned to make appearances in his untitled Alien movie, whenever Fox lets him start production on it. It’s been a weird and winding road for both the Prometheus sequel (which was once titled Alien: Paradise Lost but is now known as Alien: Covenant) and the beleaguered Aliens installment, but equally tortuous is the ongoing saga of one Corporal Dwayne Hicks. The character was first introduced in 1986’s Aliens, continued his story in the 2013 video game Aliens: Colonial Marines, and will get a chance to soldier on in Blomkamp’s eventual follow-up.
Michael Biehn himself confirmed that he’s expected to return as Hicks in the new movie, and shared a bit more about the behind-the-scenes pre-production process in an interview with Icons of Fright. During their chat, Biehn summarized the state of things as far as the Prometheus sequel and the new Alien installment are concerned, gave context for the time during which each film occurs, and expresses confidence that it’s in the best interest for Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver and Fox to find a way to get the latter movie made.