Last night, some good news about Alien: Covenant arrived in the form of Noomi Rapace reprising her Prometheus role after all. Rapace was at first pegged to lead the Prometheus follow-up, but then director Ridley Scott changed course and opted to focus Covenant on a new crew arriving on the planet, which is deserted save for one survivor: Michael Fassbender’s David. But now, as production is well underway in Australia, Rapace is joining the cast. How big will her role be? We have no idea, but how about a picture of Danny McBride chatting it up with Ridley Scott on the set of an Alien movie to tide you over?
Indeed, 20th Century Fox has unveiled another Alien: Covenant set photo, this time revealing McBride’s character, who appears to be a member of the Covenant crew. Scott has a penchant for strange casting. For instance, The Martian’s full cast list almost makes no sense: Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Michael Peña—that’s a weird mix of people! And this is the same guy who cast Christian Bale, Ben Mendelsohn, and Joel Edgerton in a film about Biblical Egypt.
Nevertheless, I’m beyond fascinated to see how McBride fits into the overall Alien: Covenant picture, and he’s surrounded by a promising cast that includes Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, and Amy Seimetz. Check out the photo below. Alien: Covenant opens in theaters on August 4, 2017.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Alien: Covenant:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.