Say what you want about Prometheus, but it had a pretty great cast that included Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba. That’s some raw talent right there, and why not, when you’re Ridley Scott you can recruit that kind of talent just as easily as a xenomorph tears apart a crew of space truckers. So in making
Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost Alien: Covenant, you know that there are a lot of people who’d be willing to take Scott’s call, like Danny McBride, for example. Yes, the Eastbound and Down, Pineapple Express and This is the End star is the latest name attached to Covenant.
According to TheWrap, McBride is in “early discussions” about signing on to Covenant, the sequel to 2012’s Prometheus, which will be set 10 years after the first film and will delve further into the mystery of the Engineers, the creation of the human race, and the origins of the “perfect killer” xenomorph creatures. Apparently, McBride and Scott recently hit it off while talking about old movies, both men are unrepentant cinephiles with a love of cinema, so now they’re BFFs apparently.
If McBride does eventually come onboard Covenant, we will be joining the returning Fassbender, and new female lead Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) stepping in for Noomi Rapace, who will have a small role in the sequel if she has one at all. It’s worth noting that this is not the first high-profile franchise McBride’s attached to, he will also be providing a voice in the Angry Birds animated movie being released later this year.
Alien: Covenant is expected to begin production sometime soon with an eye on a October 6, 2017 release date. We’ll have more details as they become available.