Since before it was even officially announced, the biggest question “Alien: Covenant” had xenomorph-obsessed fans asking is whether Noomi Rapace would be reprising her “Prometheus” role. Deadline is reporting that, despite it long being said that she would not, Rapace is on the “Covenant” set in Australia.
She’s there to shoot a week’s worth of scenes for the sequel (which, given the “Alien” series’ complicated chronology, is also a prequel). Also appearing in the film is Michael Fassbender — whose character David was long thought to be the only “Prometheus” character to return — as well as Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez and Billy Crudup. “Covenant” finds the crew of the eponymous ship (everyone other than Rapace and Fassbender, essentially) discovering a planet whose sole inhabitant is David, the synthetic survivor of “Prometheus.” There’s a decent chance that an alien shows up at some point, too.
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Ridley Scott, who directed 1979’s original “Alien” but didn’t helm another installment in the series until 2012’s “Prometheus,” is also behind the camera for “Covenant.” 20th Century Fox will release the film on August 4, 2017.