Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston are currently the only actors confirmed to be in the cast of Ridley Scott‘s next Alien movie Alien: Covenant, the follow-up to Prometheus.
The film is still rounding out the cast, but the latest news may prove to be a surprising one. According to new reports, Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down, This Is The End) is in talks to join the cast. More on the story below.
Ridley Scott has changed the Prometheus sequel in the past few months since he’s gone on the press tour for The Martian. The film has gone through a couple of titlechanges and has even bumped Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 film into an indefinite hold – though some close to the film believe that it will still be made. But while at a press conference in Australia, Scott talked a little bit about his upcoming Alien film, which he says is the start of a brand new trilogy, which pretty much confirms that Blomkamp’s Alien 5 will not be happening any time soon, if at all.
A few months back, Ridley Scott announced that he would follow up his hit sci-fi film The Martian with Prometheus 2. Many had speculated that the sequel would have been the director’s next project, but he then confirmed that the film wouldn’t be called Prometheus 2; instead it would be titled Alien: Paradise Lost. The film put Neill Blomkamp’s planned Alien 5 in a very tough position, forcing the District 9 director to put his Alien film on hold.
Spectre scribe John Logan was recently brought in to do some of the rewrites for the Scott’s sequel, and at the same time a rumor popped up that Alien: Paradise Lost would be getting a new title. Now, Fox has announced that the film won’t be titled Prometheus 2 or Alien: Paradise Lost, but rather Alien: Covenant. More on the story below, including the official synopsis.
When Ridley Scott announced that Prometheus 2 would actually be Alien: Paradise Lost, there were a few wondering what would be happening to Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5. After all Sigourney Weaver did sign on for at least two Alien films, and the actress did speak about the film that would have been a genetic sibling to the first two Alien films. Not to mention Blomkamp recently confirmed that the pulse rifle would be making a return.
But there were rumors that Scott insisted that Prometheus 2 (which is what it was called at the time) be made first. This essentially would have delayed Blomkamp’s Alien 5, giving more time to the director to work on his script. Now that rumor is starting to look more like a reality as Blomkamp has confirmed that his Alien 5 has been delayed indefinitely. More on the story here below.
It seems that Rebecca Ferguson‘s names keeps popping up on casting shortlists. Casting directors have been keeping an eye on the actress ever since her scene stealing performance in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. In the past few months she was attached to play the female lead in Gambit – which ultimately went to Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Spectre) – and decided to take a pass so that she could star alongside Emily Blunt, and possibly Chris Evans and Jared Leto, in Tate Taylor”˜s adaptation of Paula Hawkins”˜ The Girl on the Train. She is also rumored to be in the running for Marvel Studios’ adaptation of Captain Marvel, which is three years away from release.
The number of offers alone shows that Ferguson is in high demand, and now her stock is about to increase, as new reports are coming out that are saying she is wanted for Alien: Paradise Lost and The Snowman. More on these stories below.