We may have some more exciting news coming out of the production of Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s sequel to his 2012 Alien prequel Prometheus. We have known for a while that Noomi Rapace would be coming back in her role as Elizabeth Shaw, accompanying Michael Fassbender’s android David. Now, it is being reported by fan site AvPGalaxy that Guy Peirce will be coming back too.
This is to be taken with a big grain of salt for the moment, to be sure. Pearce appeared in Prometheus as both the younger version and prosthetic-heavy elder version of Weyland Corporation head Peter Wayland. He orchestrated the research and off-planet excursions that would serve as the basis for the film, though his true motivations revealed themselves to be more than an exercise in scientific exploration.
Apparently, Pearce will portray the younger version of Weyland in the first scenes of Alien: Covenant, according to the rumor. The scenes will revolve around an updated version of David being brought online and taking on tasks, with Pearce’s Weyland apparently pulling the strings to find out more about the new android.
This might not come as a surprise to fans of the franchise, with Pearce’s comments back in 2014 indicating he was always game to come back to this role and to continue to work with Ridley Scott:
I’d love to go back and play that character again. To work for Ridley again, you know, he’s great — really wonderful to work for. So yeah, I’m very curious to see what he will do next with it.
A conversation about Gods, creations, disappointment, and the roles they all play will apparently set the stage for these opening interactions, and that all sounds pretty awesome if you ask me. If reports are to be believed, it really sounds like Scott is taking the general ideas that Prometheus vaguely introduced and is planning to expand upon them more in this story.
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Alien: Covenant is slated for release in August of 2017.