‘Alien: Covenant’ Casts ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Star Katherine Waterston

By December 17, 2015

For what it’s worth, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant has just added one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood to its mostly incomplete cast.

The film, which will be a sequel to 2012’s Prometheus, and the second installment in the Alien prequel trilogy, has been gaining hype ever since Scott began revealing new pieces of information during his press rounds for The Martian. The project has undergone a name change in the past few months as well, after originally being referred to as Alien: Paradise Lost by the famed director, before an official release from Twentieth Century Fox revealed the film’s actual title and release date.

Michael Fassbender is expected to reprise his Prometheus role as the android David, and while the film has been confirmed to contain the original Xenomorphs from Alien, not much has been made known about the film’s lead human characters. Until now, that is.

Deadline is reporting that Katherine Waterston has reportedly signed on to star in the film as well, in a currently unknown role. Coming off of her turn in this year’s Steve Jobs opposite Fassbender as well, and in the midst of production on next year’s Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this marks yet another step in the right direction (hopefully) for Waterston’s growing career. Mission: Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation star Rebecca Ferguson has also been rumored for a role in the film.

I’ll be honest, I love this news. Waterston has been one of my favorite actresses in the industry ever since I saw her turn in last year’s Paul Thomas Anderson-directed Inherent Vice. Bringing two amazing performances this year in the previously mentioned Jobs, and the underrated indie Queen of Earth as well, she’s slowly creating one of the most unique breakout careers of the past few years in my opinion.

This week offered us our very first look at her in Fantastic Beasts too, and while I’m still overall skeptical of Alien: Covenant, the addition of Waterston to the cast could mean good things for Scott’s next endeavor.

Alien: Covenant is set to hit theatres on October 6th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable