20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott are hard at work with the prequel-sequel Alien: Covenant, and during a recent press conference for Assassin’s Creed, star Michael Fassbender revealed a few details about how his new android role Walter differs from the nefarious and rather cold David from Prometheus, who also shows up in the new film.
Fassbender will not only be reprising the role of David – whom the Alien: Covenant team are set to find inhabiting a new and uncharted world alone as the sole survivor of the Prometheus mission – but also another, less terrifying synthetic crewman called Walter, who may serve in a more ‘Bishop’-like capacity and less the nefarious Ash role of Scott’s perennial classic.
Fassbender had this to say of his new android:
“I think Walter’s a real different kettle of fish. David was definitely a work-in-progress, somewhat of a prototype I suppose…The elements of him that were the human elements I think people found a little disturbing, so Walter’s more of a straightforward robot. Pretty logical, much more of a servant without the ego.”
Fassbender is set to star in the film alongside Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smolett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Billie Krudup and James Franco – with Noomi Rapace also expected to reprise her role as Dr Elizabeth Shaw. Jack Paglen (Transcendence) and Michael Green (Green Lantern) are writing Alien: Covenant, which Ridley Scott once again directs.
Alien: Covenant is the second chapter in a planned prequel trilogy, and will connect directly to Ridley Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Alien: Covenant is set to open in theaters on May 19, 2017.
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