In the hit film, Aliens , Michael Biehn filled in for James Remar at the last minute and took over the lead male role of Corporal Dwayne Hicks, the head of the Colonial Space Marine unit that accompanies Ellen Ripley on a mission to a space colony that had been overrun by aliens. Hicks had a sort of flirtation thing going on with Ripley, as he taught her how to shoot Later in the movie, though, Ripley saves Hicks' life while fighting against an Alien Queen. At the end of the movie, Ripley, Hicks and a little girl at the colony, Newt, are the only human survivors of the battle against the aliens. They go into cryogenic storage and head home. However, in the opening of the sequel film, Alien3 technically Alien cubed , with director David Fincher taking over from James Cameron, both Newt and Hicks are killed off while in suspended animation and only Ripley survives when their ship lands on a prison planet not counting Bishop, the android who also survived the end of Aliens.
Aliens is a science fiction action film written and directed by James Cameron. It is the sequel to the science fiction horror film Alien , and the second film in the Alien franchise. Set in the far future, the film stars Sigourney Weaver as Lieutenant Ellen Ripley , the sole survivor of an alien attack on her ship. When communications are lost with a human colony on the moon on which her crew first encountered the alien creatures, Ripley agrees to return to the site with a troop of colonial marines to investigate. Despite the success of Alien , its sequel took years to develop; it was delayed by lawsuits, a lack of enthusiasm from 20th Century Fox , and repeated changes in management.
James Cameron was a couple of weeks into filming his superb sequel Aliens when he had to make a significant casting change. James Remar had originally been cast as Corporal Dwayne Hicks, but he was replaced by Michael Biehn, and his scenes re-shot. Out of nowhere, it seems, a bunch of photos have now popped up online, that show James Remar as Hicks, before he got the boot from the production.