When director Ridley Scott rolled out Prometheus in 2012, we knew it was a prequel to the director's 1979 classic Alien, but most fans were disappointed that it didn't connect to the original movie as much as it was set up to. As it turns out, Prometheus was just the beginning, as it was announced that it's follow-up, Alien: Covenant, will kick off a new prequel trilogy that will connect directly to Alien. Production recently wrapped in Australia, and while we don't know when the first footage will be released, star Michael Fassbender teased some interesting details in a new interview.
This weekend, Michael Fassbender returns to the big screen in the DreamWorks drama The Light Between The Oceans, and while promoting that movie in an interview with Collider, the actor offered some new details about Alien: Covenant. The story has been confirmed to be set 10 years after the events of Prometheus, with a colony ship dubbed Covenant discovering what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world, with Michael Fassbender's android David as the only inhabitant. When asked about this new project, Michael Fassbender had this to say.
"I have to say, this Alien is going to be - I'm really excited to see it and everybody in the film was saying that there's a film that we all wanna see. It's much scarier than Prometheus, but it's got that sort of same scope as Prometheus, that imminent sort of disaster feel that Alien had. So it's kind of a beautiful meeting of both of those films. I'm really excited to see it, I think it's gonna be super scary, number one. And again, with the massive scope of Prometheus... Yeah, you know once it starts and the ball starts rolling, it's definitely going to bring chills to the cinema."
Michael Fassbender will be joined by Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw, the only human survivor of the Prometheus expedition, who is said to have been on the Australia set for a few weeks of filming. Before production had begun, there had been a number of conflicting reports claiming that she either was returning, or that she wouldn't be in the movie, but, as far as we know now, she will have a part in Alien: Covenant. Naturally, we don't know how large or small her role is, and it's always possible that it could be cut out during the editing process.
Michael Fassbender will be joined by Katherine Waterston, who has been widely rumored to play Ripley's mother, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez. Ridley Scott directs from a script by Jack Paglen, Michael Green and John Logan, with 20th Century Fox setting an August 4, 2017 release date, putting it up against Open Road Films' Blazing Samurai. Stay tuned for more on Alien: Covenant as we inch closer and closer to this sequel's release next summer.