Warning: Major Alien: Covenant Spoilers Ahead!
Alien: Covenant has finally arrived in theaters, introducing audiences to a brand new cast of characters to be terrorized by the titular creatures. One of those new characters was The Covenant’s captain, played by James Franco, whom audiences were stunned to see killed off in a horrifying way within the first ten minutes of the film. While it may have been surprising to see such a recognizable star play such a minor role, writer Dante Harper revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that James Franco’s character originally had a larger role to play in the film.
Harper explained how audiences would have learned more about Franco’s character in earlier drafts of the screenplay.
“Originally, the James Franco [scene] was part of what was a larger storyline, involving learning a little more about his background and actually getting to see some of his dreams that he’d had while he was asleep. It had to do with the backstory of both Daniels [Katherine Waterson] as well as Billy Crudup’s character, Oram. Part of Ridley’s idea was that this was a ship that not only had this external problem, but it also had this problem that there was this captain who was not the original captain who is now going to lead the mission and maybe make some terrible mistakes. The James Franco character is in that teaser a good bit more and I think in different versions of the screenplay as it went along, he had a larger role, but his role was always to be an absent captain.”
It appears Franco’s character would have been featured in flashbacks or dream sequences designed to emphasize the impact of absence.
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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.
Directed by Ridley Scott, the film stars Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Noomi Rapace, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, Billy Crudup and Amy Seimetz.
Alien: Covenant is now playing in theaters!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter