Following his big win with last year’s Golden Globe-winning box office hit ‘The Martian’, Ridley Scott is going back into space with ‘Alien: Covenant’ which picks up after the ending of 2012’s ‘Prometheus’ and serves as another prequel to his groundbreaking sci-fi thriller ‘Alien’. Production is set to begin next month and Scott has rounded out his cast with four new additions.
Nothing is known about their roles, but just announced as participating are:
Jussie Smollett, a former child actor having appeared in ‘The Mighty Ducks’ and ‘North’, but he is best known these days for playing Jamal Lyon on the hit FOX drama ‘Empire’.
Amy Seimetz has spent most of her career producing and directing independent films, but you may recognize her for her role as Danette Lutz on the show ‘The Killing’. She created, executive produced and served as a director and writer of the upcoming Starz series ‘The Girlfriend Experience’.
Carmen Ejogo is probably best recognized for playing Coretta Scott King in Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’. She will be seen this winter in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ as Seraphina.
Finally, Callie Hernandez apparently likes it rough! She appeared on two episodes of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ and in ‘Machete Kills’ and ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’. She has roles in two big releases later this year, Terrence Malick’s all-star drama ‘Weightless’ (with ‘Alien Covenant’ co-star Michael Fassbender), and musical ‘La La Land’ with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
Returning from ‘Prometheus’ is Michael Fassbender. (Noomi Rapace is not expected to return.) These new additions join Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir and Danny McBride.
This is all that is known about this film at this point:
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 (Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
This latest statement indicates that ‘Covenant’ is part 2 of a trilogy, thus counting ‘Prometheus’ as part 1. Scott previously stated that ‘Covenant’ was the start of a new trilogy with two additional prequels coming, but that appears to have whittled down.
‘Alien: Covenant’ arrives on October 6th, 2017.