For quite a while, it looked as though Michael Fassbender would be the only direct connective tissue between “Prometheus” and next year’s “Alien: Covenant.” That notion was dispelled when we received word earlier this year that Noomi Rapace would likewise be appearing in Ridley Scott’s next film, but it looks like the connection just got stronger and stranger all at once: Fassbender will actually play two different characters.
“I am allowed to say I am playing two robots — Walter and David,” the actor told the Irish Times (as reported by Alien-Covenant.com). Fassbender plays David, an advanced android, in “Prometheus.” I think what’s great about it is that Ridley has gone back to the original DNA of ‘Alien,’ the horror element of that. But is also has the scope and the scale of ‘Prometheus.’ Ridley has cut it already. He is a machine. He is an incredible human being and he was in such good form. He is such an imaginative and mischievous figure.”
Speculation has already begun, of course, with some suggesting that Walter may be a more advanced version of David. Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett and Carmen Ejogo are also onboard “Alien: Covenant,” which is slated for release on August 4, 2017.