Ridley Scott’s sequel/soft reboot of Prometheus, Alien: Covenant, has been getting some warranted attention thanks to its intriguing choice of new cast members. First, there’s Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) coming on as the new lead character Daniels. Then, we got word that Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down, This Is the End) will also be joining the cast in an as-yet unnamed character. Today, another addition has been made that should have fans more than a little intrigued.
Demian Bichir has just been announced as the newest member of the Alien: Covenant cast. Most people will know him from his recent turn as Bob the Mexican in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. He also had a memorable turn in the Showtime dramedy Weeds. Bichir has a talent for comedy — he was also featured in the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy action/comedy The Heat — so maybe he and Danny McBride are there to add a little levity to the assuredly grim situation.
It’s obvious that Scott’s films attract talented actors, and Bichir is no exception. Details and character descriptions are still being kept under wraps at this point, but it’s likely that Bichir will be playing one of the crew members of the colony ship Covenant. What we know of the plot so far is that the Covenant will discover an uncharted world that seems to be a paradise, but has a dark and dangerous secret. At the center of this planet is the synthetic David (a returning Michael Fassbender), who will no doubt be the answer to unlocking the film’s mysteries.
Prometheus is a highly divisive entry in the Alien saga, so critical viewers are on the lookout when it comes to Alien: Covenant. At the very least, we know it won’t be hurting when it comes to having a talented cast.
Alien: Covenant is scheduled to release on October 6, 2017.