'Alien' Series Casts 'Justified's Timothy Olyphant

Olyphant joins Sydney Chandler in the spin-off series from ‘Fargo’ showrunner Noah Hawley.

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Timothy Olyphant is returning to his old stomping grounds at FX, but he’s going to be a long way from Harlan County. The Justified star has signed on to play a major role in Noah Hawley‘s new Alien prequel series. Deadline reports that Olyphant will star in the upcoming series as Kirsh, a synthetic — much like Ian Holm‘s Ash in Alien, or Lance Henriksen‘s Bishop in Aliens. He will be a mentor to Wendy (Sydney Chandler, Pistol), a meta-human hybrid who has the mind of a child and the body of an adult.

The series will also star Alex Lawther (Andor) as CJ, Samuel Blenkin (The Witcher: Blood Origin) as Boy Kavalier, Essie Davis (The Babadook) as Dame Silvia, Adarsh Gourav (The White Tiger) as Slightly, and Kit Young (Shadow and Bone) as Tootles. FX is keeping plot details for the series under wraps, but it will take place 70 years in the future, before the events of Alien and its sequels and prequels; it will also be set on Earth, a first for the franchise. It began filming in Thailand before the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, and continued for a month with its cast members who were part of the British actors’ union Equity; it will resume filming with its full cast early next year.


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