Friday, February 26, 2016

'Alien: Covenant' adds Demian Bichir, Billy Crudup, Carmen Ejogo and more

At this point, it's easy to forget how pumped people were for Prometheus back in 2012. Billed as Ridley Scott's glorious return to the world of hard-R science-fiction, the fan excitement for the Alien prequel/spin-off/franchise was palpable. The trailers were buzzy and mysterious, leaving audiences enticed for the event movie. Was it an origin story? A direct prequel? A spin-off set in the same universe? The questions remained until the release of the movie, but when the film finally hit theaters, the buzz deflated. Prometheus still stands at 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, and yet, you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who will defend it today. I think that it's certainly better than its reputation, although there's no denying that it poses a lot of questions that it doesn't seem to be too interested in answering. I didn't fall head over heels for Prometheus, but I always held out hope that Scott would return for a sequel. The years passed and rumors kept dropping, with nothing official coming from Scott or Fox. Finally, we received word that Alien: Covenant would be coming to theaters in October 2017. Now, some more details are dropping on the cast of Covenant and it's looking pretty good so far.

Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston were already signed on, but this week saw several new cast members joining the project. Demian Bichir and Danny McBride were the first to jump on board, with several others arriving shortly after. According to a wide range sources, six additional actors have joined the cast of Alien: Covenant- the upcoming La La Land's Callie Hernandez, Selma's Carmen Ejogo, Upstream Color's Amy Seimetz, Empire's Jussie Smollett, Billy Crudup, and Gods of Egypt's Alex England. That's a wide and diverse cast and I have to say that I'm quite impressed. I love Crudup and Bichir, and McBride can be great in the right situation. No matter how the film ends up working out, it's almost a guarantee that the cast will turn in great performances. With very little connections to Prometheus beyond Michael Fassbender's David, I'm interested to see how this plays out. I have so many questions about Covenant that just can't be answered yet. Scott's still a terrific filmmaker and he's playing in a beautiful sandbox, so ultimately, it all comes down to the script. And I gotta be honest, a screenplay by the guy who wrote Transcendence and the guy who wrote Green Lantern isn't exactly promising. The re-write by John Logan calms my fears a little bit, but I'm still approaching this with a little bit of trepidation. Nonetheless, it's a new Alien movie. Of course I'm pumped. October 6, 2017 can't come soon enough.

Image Credits: Screen Rant, Slash Film

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