Alien: Covenant: Danny McBride's Role and Set Video Revealed

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 - 3:21PM
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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 - 3:21PM
Alien: Covenant: Danny McBride's Role and Set Video Revealed
Alien: Covenant's cast has rounded out recently, although aside from Katherine Waterston's "Daniels" and Michael Fassbender's David from the first Prometheus film, we knew very little about the character. Now, character actor Danny McBride has been confirmed as the pilot of the ship Covenant, which he describes as a "colonization ship":

Opening quote
"I'm the pilot of the spaceship Covenant," he told Rolling Stone, "which is a colonization ship, searching for a planet where we might start life anew. I run the ship."
Closing quote

This is the first we've heard of the crew trying to save the human race, and that adds an interesting wrinkle. At first, it seemed that the Covenant was just trying to find the planet of the Engineers, which made it sound like a Prometheus redux, but this sounds like it's much more of a departure. Hopefully that means that the late addition of Noomi Rapace to the cast doesn't preclude the franchise getting back to its roots.

McBride also assured fans that the entire film won't be CGI, but rather most of the effects are practical:

Opening quote
"I didn't know if it would be all green screen, but most of the stuff is practical effects: when you're running from an alien it's really a dude in an alien suit coming after you! The sets are incredible and you're in them: We go through some inclement weather at one point on the spaceship and this whole gigantic set is on a gimbal, shaking up and down. You don't have to use your imagination."
Closing quote

This is a huge relief, since between Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road, and a number of other recent acclaimed blockbusters, using practical effects as much as humanly possible has been shown to ground films more in reality and less in the uncanny valley (*cough*Star Wars prequels*cough*). And especially since the Alien franchise was made before the age of CGI, and still holds up decades later, there's absolutely no reason to start relying on CGI now. The Xenomorph design is scary enough as it is.

Some of those practical effects can be seen in this short-but-sweet set video, featuring scary alien hands:



Alien Covenant hits theaters on August 4, 2017.
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