A few weeks ago we heard that the upcoming sequel to Ridley Scott's Prometheus would be title Alien: Paradise Lost, now according to the director a title change has gone underway and the sequel is now titled Alien: Covenant.
As of now the only confirmed returning cast member is Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) who will again play the android David. David is only one of two survivors of the Prometheus expedition with the other being Elizabeth Shaw played by Noomi Rapace (The Drop). Judging by the brand new synopsis for Alien: Covenant, we may not be seeing Rapace in the upcoming sequel.
Below is 20th Century Fox's official synopsis for Alien: Covenant:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
For a while it did seem as though we would be seeing both Fassbender and Rapace reprise their roles but with a key phrase in the synopsis being "sole inhabitant" of course speaking about David, it doesn't look as though Shaw (Rapace) survived, I'm assuming we'll learn why in the film.
The fun of an Alien film is seeing a brand new set of humans get picked off one by one by the creatures they encounter and I'm guessing the majority of the crew of the Covenant won't be making it out of this film alive.
Ridley Scott has confirmed that the sequel will reveal the home-world of the Engineers (the mysterious humanoid beings from the first film) and further the evolution of the Xenomorph that we see in Scott's original Alien.
Alien: Covenant will hit theaters October 6th 2017, the same day as Andy Serkis' Jungle Book Origins. I think the release date is smart, the October release is currently working wonders for Scott whose The Martian released on a similar date this year and is crushing at the Box Office worldwide. It's also a nice piece of counter programming as the overlap in audiences between Jungle Book Origins and Alien: Covenant won't be huge.
Here is Fox's official title treatment for Alien: Covenant:
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