Alien: Covenant just added another cast member, James Franco. Did anyone see that coming?
According to Variety, Franco was recently cast in Ridley Scott‘s latest upcoming addition the Alien franchise for an unspecified role. He joins Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Guy Pearce, who are returning to their roles from Prometheus. Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir, Billy Crudup, and Danny McBride are also starring in the film.
According to the official synopsis, Alien: Covenant centers around a colony ship, the Covenant, as it heads toward a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. Its crew members discover an “uncharted paradise” which turns out to be anything but. There they find the David (Fassbender), the synthetic from the doomed Prometheus expedition. This one promises to have closer ties to the Alien franchise than Prometheus did. In other words, Scott stopped pretending the world of Prometheus had nothing to do with the overall universe built around the movie that started it all, Alien.
Alien: Covenant was originally scheduled to come out in August 2017, but was recently moved to early May. Apparently, Covenant is the second in a planned trilogy from Ridley Scott. If things go well we might also get an Alien sequel from Neill Blomkamp (District 9), which brings Sigourney Weaver back as Ripley. From what we’ve gleamed in Blomkamp’s plans, the sequel might completely ignore that Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection ever existed (thank goodness). As a result, Corporal Hicks and Newt might be coming back as well.
Alien: Covenant hits movie theaters on May 19, 2017.