Ridley Scott Says Noomi Rapace Won't Return for Alien: Covenant

Monday, 01 February 2016 - 9:52AM
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Monday, 01 February 2016 - 9:52AM
Ridley Scott Says Noomi Rapace Won't Return for Alien: Covenant
So, I guess we're done pretending that Alien: Covenant is a Prometheus sequel. Ridley Scott confirmed back in November that Noomi Rapace would return to the franchise as Elizabeth Shaw, but is now that is no longer the case, which leaves Michael Fassbender's David as the only returning Prometheus character.

When asked by The Daily Mail whether Rapace would be returning, the director reportedly said no, and that "We're still casting the main roles." He had previously stated that the film would pick up with Elizabeth and David trying to find the planet of the Engineers, but there have been several rewrites since then, and it seems there is no longer any place for Rapace's character.

This is sort of a shame, since Rapace is a talented actress, but that being said, I'm glad that Scott and the studio are trying to distance themselves from Prometheus's overly convoluted mythology and half-baked philosophical musings and get back to the roots of the Alien franchise. It's no surprise, either, after the name change and the recent plot summary from Bloody Disgusting that only referenced David:

Opening quote
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in 'Alien' with 'Alien: Covenant', the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with 'Prometheus' - and connects directly to Scott's 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world - whose sole inhabitant is the 'synthetic' David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Closing quote

David was really the only character in the first Prometheus film who had an arc and felt like a real person (funnily enough, considering that he is an android), and Fassbender's amazing performance made him the only absolutely necessary character. Hopefully Katherine Waterston, who is the only other confirmed cast member so far, will be able to fill the "strong female protagonist" role that has become an integral part of the Alien series.

Alien: Covenant is set to open in theaters on October 6, 2017.
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