The behind-the-scenes updates and production details coming out of Alien: Covenant have been fairly, impressively steady over the past several months. Following the first image of him on set with director Ridley Scott, teasing the movie’s titular spaceship as well, it looks like Danny McBride has officially confirmed his role in the next film, which will be the second installment in Scott’s Prometheus prequel trilogy to the original Alien film.
Talking with Rolling Stone, McBride confirmed that keeping in line with the set photo’s hints, he will be playing the pilot of the Covenant in the movie, a ship that he describes as being a “colonization ship” that he and the rest of the crew take out in search of a planet to start new life.
“I’m the pilot of the spaceship Covenant, which is a colonization ship, searching for a planet where we might start life anew. I run the ship.”
The actor went on to talk about the movie’s mix of special and practical effects, and how easy Scott and co. make it for the movie’s actors to actually engross themselves in the scenes and setting:
“[M]ost 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.”
In addition to McBride’s comments as well, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new, tiny set video from the movie that seems to tease the design of a brand new creature in the film, or a slightly different version of a Xenomorph’s hand:
— Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) July 6, 2016
At this point, it’s all but confirmed that the newest addition to the Alien franchise and mythology is going to come with at least one Xenomorph this time around, after Scott himself has confirmed more Alien tie-ins, including with the movie’s featured creatures and more. We know that Alien: Covenant will not have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con this year, unfortunately though, so we don’t have that to look forward to when it comes to new information from the movie.
To their credit though, the movie’s marketing and promotional campagin have done a good job at keeping awareness up for the movie, and letting new details be revealed at a steady rate so far. At this point, a panel in Hall H this month, doesn’t seem like as much of a necessity or requirement for Covenant as it does for some of the other highly-anticipated projects that will be making appearances there. Following his recent comeback with The Martian as well, I find myself hopefully optimistic about Alien: Covenant, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it’ll do better than some of Scott’s other recent projects, including the divisive Prometheus in 2012.
Alien: Covenant will be released on August 4th, 2017.
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