In just a few months, principal photography will begin on Alien: Covenant, with casting already starting to heat up. We reported earlier this month that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Katherine Waterston has landed the key role of Daniels, who will be joined by Prometheus star Michael Fassbender as the android David. We also know that Alien: Covenant will be the first in a new trilogy that will eventually connect to Ridley Scott's original sci-fi classic Alien. Collider recently spoke with costume designer Janty Yates, who worked with the director on Prometheus and his latest sci-fi thriller The Martian, and she revealed that Alien: Covenant takes place 10 years after the events of Prometheus, while teasing new details about the costumes.
"[Alien: Covenant is] not so much of a spacesuit movie. There are two different spacesuits in it, but it's not a great spacesuit movie. We are only carrying on one look from Prometheus, which is with David, the robot. He's just got the hangover of the Prometheus 1 spacesuit. It's 10 years in the future beyond Prometheus."
She also added that Ridley Scott has signed off on the two different spacesuits, but she wouldn't offer any details about how different they are from the suits seen in Prometheus. After rumors spread that original Prometheus star Noomi Rapace wouldn't have a role in Alien: Covenant, it was later revealed that she only has a small role in the follow-up. Since the movie is set 10 years after Prometheus, it isn't known if we'll see her in flashbacks, or if her character Elizabeth Shaw, the only human survivor of Prometheus, died in the decade that followed.
The story centers on the crew of the colony ship Covenant, who are bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. They discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but it actually turns out to be a dark, dangerous world. And the sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. Aside from Katherine Waterston, no other new casting additions have been announced at this time.
Ridley Scott is directing from a script by Jack Paglen, Michael Green and John Logan. It has also been confirmed by the director that Alien: Covenant will feature some sort of connection to Sigourney Weaver's iconic Ellen Ripley character from the original Alien. Some have speculated that we may even see Ripley conceived on the Covenant ship, and that Katherine Waterston's character may actually be Ripley's mother. What do you think about Alien: Covenant being set 10 years after Prometheus?