You definitely know Alien, and you love the series’ long-running heroine, Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver. But did you know that in the original script for Alien, Ripley wasn’t written as a female role? It was director Ridley Scott who had the idea to make the character female, and to cast a relative unknown, because he thought (correctly) that audiences would assume this young woman was doomed, leading to a surprise when she becomes the survivor of the xenomorph’s attack. That’s just one of the alienating facts featured in the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!

Scott loves to make new versions of his sci-fi classic Blade RunnerOver the years there have been seven different cuts of the film to screen in one form or another. The most recent one, “The Final Cut,” was released to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. It’s the only one where Scott had complete creative control. He even reshot some sequences for it.

You Think You Know Movies? is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the cinematic worlds of your favorite movies and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known. We’ve already tackled Star Wars, The Avengers and Spider-Man, but this time we’re separating the truth from the legend about Ridley Scott. Watch more installments of ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ below and let us know in the comments what movies we should cover next!

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