More than a year away from the release of Alien: Covenant, and I'm already on board the hype train. In this stage of pre-production, everything concerning plot details and who's attached to the project remains a mystery. With Ridley Scott directing, I know it's going to be very atmospheric and tense. We know that it's a sequel to Prometheus (ugh), and that Michael Fassbender will be reprising his role as the maniacal android, David. I'm always hungry for more information concerning the development of this film, and recently we learned who the newest cast members of the movie are!
Enter Danny McBride, widely known for his comedic roles in films such as Pineapple Express, This Is The End, and Your Highness. However, he's no stranger to more dramatic roles, having played a part in George Clooney's Up In The Air and becoming the character of Vernon Tull in the film adaption of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. He certainly knows how to portray different types of characters, but it's still under wraps what kind of person he'll be playing. He could take on a comedic relief role in this horror movie. It might fit even though Ridley Scott said he's "...going to do pretty hard ‘R’" when talking about the rating this film will receive. I'm very excited to see what kind of performance we'll see from an actor who hasn't done something like this before.
Katherine Waterston has come very far over the past decade with her impressive dramatic acting, and apparently was good enough to be cast in Alien Covenant. She's been in an impressive number of critically regarded films over the past several years, including Inherent Vice, Steve Jobs, and Robot and Frank. She's also starring in the Harry Potter follow-up film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Porpentina Goldstein (oofda, what a name). She obviously has the credibility as a dramatic actor, and I can't wait to see what she'll do in Covenant. Maybe Danny McBride's character will be the one cracking jokes (the new Hudson) and she'll be the one yelling at him to shut it. Only time will tell what's in store for these two, but this being an Alien movie, I'm pretty sure their characters won't make it to the end credits alive.