Alien: Covenant Adds New Cast Members, But Still Isn't Sure if Noomi Rapace Will Be Back

Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 12:14PM
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Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 12:14PM
Alien: Covenant Adds New Cast Members, But Still Isn't Sure if Noomi Rapace Will Be Back
Alien: Covenant is rounding out its cast, adding Empire's Jussie Smollett, The Killing's Amy Seimetz, Selma's Carmen Ejogo, and Machete Kills' Callie Hernandez to the crew. But the weirdest Alien/Prometheus news of the day? They're apparently still not sure if Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw will be returning.

The report comes from Deadline, who also broke the casting news. Earlier this month, Ridley Scott stated flat-out that Noomi Rapace wouldn't make an appearance, but according to Deadline's sources "it remains unclear whether Noomi Rapace will return." 

Originally, the sequel was reportedly going to follow Elizabeth Shaw and David as they went on a quest to find the planet of the Engineers. Then, following the title change and apparent efforts to distance the sequel from the Prometheus debacle, Fox released a synopsis that only referenced Michael Fassbender's David:

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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.
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It's possible that Scott was misquoted, and that she is still in negotiations to return for a small role, but even so, this news seems very strange. If they're casting the main roles, that means they're far enough in production to know the general arc of the story, not to mention the timeline. Wouldn't they know by now if it made sense to include Elizabeth Shaw in the story, or whether they're taking the sequel in another direction entirely?

Either way, we kind of hope that Rapace doesn't reprise her role. While she's a talented actress, and her performance was perfectly fine in Prometheus (considering what she had to work with), Alien: Covenant would be better off if it basically pretended Prometheus never happened. Michael Fassbender's David can still come back in a soft reboot, since he's an android and it could be an entirely different copy of the same model, but there's no need to continue Elizabeth Shaw's story.

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