Michael Fassbender Is Playing Multiple Androids In Alien: Covenant

Monday, 31 October 2016 - 4:24PM
Alien
Alien: Covenant
Monday, 31 October 2016 - 4:24PM
Michael Fassbender Is Playing Multiple Androids In Alien: Covenant
Michael Fassbender is one of those actors that can bring an unsettling quality to their handsome exterior, similar to Rami Malek in Mr. Robot. In Prometheus, the kind-of-not-really sequel/prequel who-even-knows-what-this-is to Alien, Fassbender played an android called David-8, who [spoiler alert] isn't wholly on the crew's side. If you want a refresher of just how creepy David was in the movie, check out the fake Weyland Corp commercial they made to promote the film's release:



With Alien: Covenant on the horizon and photos being leaked of the new alien, called the Neomorph (along with plot details), it looks like director Ridley Scott has seen fit to let loose another little detail: Michael Fassbender will be playing another David-8 in the new movie, as well as another model of android called Walter. So prepare for a journey into the uncanny valley, movie-goers—we're gonna see two Michael Fassbenders at once. With cold, strangely emotionless expressions. And unerringly polite, articulate speeches. Oh, boy!

Here's what Fassbender has to say about the role:

Opening quote
I am allowed to say I am playing two robots – Walter and David. I think what's great about it is that Ridley has gone back to the DNA of Alien, the horror element of that. But it also has the scope and the scale of Prometheus. Ridley has cut it already. He is a machine. He is an incredible human being and he was in such good form. He is such an imaginative and mischievous figure.
Closing quote


It's a cool piece of continuity to bring back David (or at least "a" David), especially considering Covenant takes place 10 years after the events Prometheus, but it's a risky thing to bring anything back from Prometheus. It bodes well that Fassbender mentions, as others have, that Alien: Covenant is trying to go back to what made the original great ("... Ridley has gone back to the DNA of Alien, the horror element of that..."), but there's also the looming threat that Scott doesn't want to abandon the confusing web of lore he started exploring in Prometheus ("But it also has the scope and the scale of Prometheus").

So far, it sounds like the plot of Alien: Covenant is going to be similar to the setup of other Alien movies: a bunch of astronauts on a space mission head down to an unexplored planet, where they encounter the requisite horrifying abominations. This time around, though, the aliens may not be bursting out of people's stomachs—no, this time we've got "backbursters."

We'll see how Fassbender's twin robots end up fitting into the story, but if Blade Runner (and Prometheus) have taught us anything, we're betting at least one of them can't be trusted.

Alien: Covenant is set to release in US theaters on August 4th, 2017.
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