More news incoming from the set of Ridley Scott’s prequel to ‘Alien’ / sequel to ‘Prometheus,’ it seems that comedy actor Danny McBride has been added to the cast. McBride will be playing the pilot of the ship in ‘Alien: Covenant,’ an odd casting choice to be sure since the man is mostly known for his humorous roles in more light-hearted movies. Whether the role is something he auditioned for or whether Scott just thought he was perfect for the part is unknown, but we will be seeing him onscreen when ‘Alien: Covenant’ hits theaters.
The reveal came from a recent interview McBride did with Rolling Stone, where he spoke about his role in the film:
“I’m the pilot of the spaceship Covenant, which is a colonization ship, searching for a planet where we might start life anew. I run the ship.”
In regards to life on a science-fiction set, McBride also talked about how much of the film is being done with practical effects, which is sure to please a lot of fans:
“I didn’t know if it would be all green screen, but most of the stuff is practical effects: when you’re running from an alien it’s really a dude in an alien suit coming after you! The sets are incredible and you’re in them: We go through some inclement weather at one point on the spaceship and this whole gigantic set is on a gimbal, shaking up and down. You don’t have to use your imagination.”
You can check out some of the work being done on practical aliens in the short video posted by the official Twitter account for the films below:
— Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) July 6, 2016
What are your thoughts on Danny McBride joining the cast? Will you be able to take him seriously in a film like this? Or does his casting make you worried about this project? Share your opinions on his presence in ‘Alien: Covenant’ in the comments section below!
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