WARNING: CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILER SPECULATION
Ridley Scott's controversial Alien 'prequel' Prometheus may have confused the heck out of us, but that doesn't mean we're not excited about its sequel.
Arriving next year, Alien: Covenant is set to pick up in the years following the previous film's ending with stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender back as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and android David, respectively. With filming having wrapped at the end of last month, the latter is promising something truly epic.
"This Alien is going to be… I’m very excited to see it and everybody in the film was saying this is a film that we all want to see," Fassbender tells Collider. "It’s much scarier than Prometheus but it’s got the same sort of scope of Prometheus."
Currently shrouded in mystery, it remains to be seen how Alien: Covenant will link to the origins of Scott's landmark 1979 sci-fi horror, one that introduced an unsuspecting world to trendsetting heroine Ripley (Sigourney Weaver).
However, a rumoured spoiler this year suggested that new Alien: Covenant cast member Katherine Waterston (soon to be seen in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) could well be playing Ripley's mother, at least as reported by Uproxx.
"Sources close to film and actress tell us the [Katherine Waterston] will be playing Ellen Ripley’s mother in Alien: Covenant, which is an amazing twist and true to Ridley Scott’s promise that the post-Prometheus prequels will eventually lead right up to the first Alien movie. It should be noted however that Waterston isn’t the lead of the movie, and it’s an ensemble piece like Prometheus."
Released in 2012, Prometheus generated its fair share of hostility for how it tried to establish its own distinct storyline whilst also confusingly meshing with that of the Alien universe. For all its flaws, there's no denying the unnerving and charismatic performance of Fassbender as android David, whose alleigances wavered between good and evil throughout.
“It’s kind of got more of the sort of thriller, imminent disaster feel that Alien had," he says of Alien: Covenant, "so it’s kind of a beautiful meeting of both of those films. I’m really excited to see it, I think it’s gonna be super scary number one and then again with the massive scope of Prometheus… Once it starts and the ball starts rolling, it doesn’t let up. It’s really gonna bring chills to the cinema."
That's something we can't wait to see. Alien: Covenant is released on 4th August 2017.