The studio has officially announced "Alien: Covenant," and even more, unveiled an official synopsis, which curiously makes specific mention of Michael Fassbender‘s David, but no Noomi Rapace‘s Elizabeth Shaw:
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.
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Last month, Scott revealed that the sequel would feature "a new group of travelers in the beginning of the first act,” while "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" star Rebecca Ferguson was said to be eyed for the female lead. Does this mean Rapace is out? We’ll soon see.
Production begins in February and "Alien: Covenant" arrives on October 6, 2017, shifting from what originally was a May 2017 release.