Species is a 1995 American science fiction thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson and written by Dennis Feldman. It stars Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker and Marg Helgenberger. The first sequel to Species, Species II was released theatrically in April 1998. Madsen and Helgenberger reprised their roles. The second sequel, Species III followed in 2004. It premiered on Sci-Fi Channel on November 27, 2004. Henstridge cameos at the beginning of the film. A fourth film, Species: The Awakening was filmed in 2007, following the schedule of Species III of Sci-Fi Channel premiere and subsequent DVD release. None of the actors from the original film returned in this sequel.