Legendary director Ridley Scott has confirmed that Prometheus star Noomi Rapace will indeed return in the upcoming Alien prequel Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant.
Scott was in attendance at the SXSW festival this past weekend along with Covenant stars Katherine Waterson and Danny McBride for a screening of the original Alien. Afterward, the trio spoke with Fandango about how the sequel will separate itself from Prometheus and connect itself to the original:
“It’s beginning to answer the who and why. It’s definitely gorier, and smarter. In it, we raise some very interesting questions about the position and possibility of AI against human condition, and it crosses into the zone of apartheid — kind of like how Roy Batty was treated like a second-class citizen [in Blade Runner]. And so is David (Michael Fassbender). The knee-jerk was to create a second-class citizen, even if he is superior to everyone. So the natural thing to do at the end of Prometheus was to send them off together because when you think you’ve got it, you’ve got to keep the characters alive, as opposed to killing them. And [Coventant] starts to answer the who and why.”
The “them” Scott referred to is Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s David who were left as the sole survivors in Prometheus. Scott was then asked about Rapace’s appearance in the film which the director clarified she will indeed appear, however, it may be a bit unorthodox:
“Yes, in a way. Not fully, but in a way. She was integral to what David carried out later.”
Recently, Scott confirmed the script for the next film in the franchise has already been written. During his chat with Fandango he seems to have revealed the title for the next film as Awakening when he was asked about the future of the franchise:
“It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant.. fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way….”
Scott didn’t want to reveal too much but he said that if Covenant and the follow-up are both successful we will also get another trilogy in the Alien franchise:
“If this is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more.”
The chance of Covenant being successful seems highly likely as everything to come out of the films marketing campaign looks like Scott is taking the franchise back to the bloody horror roots of the original classic.
The film stars Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Noomi Rapace, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, Billy Crudup and Amy Seimetz. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19, 2017.