Michael Fassbender Talks About His Roles in Alien: Covenant
We still have a few more weeks to go before Alien: Covenant chest bursts its way into theaters here in the U.S. Until then, we shall have to bare clinging onto every little piece of information give to us by its cast and crew. Michael Fassbender, who plays dual roles as Walter and David, sits with Entertainment Weekly to talk about his part(s) in the film.
With Alien: Covenant, director Ridley Scott continues to give us literal heart palpitations with his particular brand of body and survival horror. With Prometheus and now Covenant, Scott continues to build the mysteries behind creation and human nature.
“This is Ridley at his best,” says Michael Fassbender. “On top of action and humor and characters you become invested in, there’s these very real questions about life and the origins of life and what happens in the afterlife — if there is an afterlife.”
Fassbender reprises the role of David, the android from Prometheus is ruled by human-like emotions and curiosity, vanity, and ambition. He also takes a particular liking to Lawrence of Arabia. He also plays an identical android named Walter, who leaves with the Covenant crew in search of a new planet to colonize.
“I wanted Walter to be more Spock-like — devoid of human characteristics or emotional contents that are programmed into David,” Fassbender says. “I want him more like a blank canvas one can project things upon.”
The events of Covenant take place about a decade after Prometheus, and 20 years before the Nostromo come across a distress signal on LV-426 in Alien. What on earth has been up to during all that time?
Katherine Waterston, who continues the Alien tradition of compelling female leads, says of the Fassbender playing both Walter and David: “It was genuinely fascinating. He’s so convincing! It felt like time-traveling into the future.”
Director Ridley Scott promises Covenant will solidify the Alien timeline saying that “Prometheus opened that door and now we’re into the corridor.”
Are you looking forward to Alien: Covenant? Also…what the heck is Fass-bot looking at in the picture above?!
Alien: Covenant opens in theaters May 19, 2017.