Prometheus may have been a bit of a disappointing film to those expecting solid connections to Alien. It may have even been disappointing to those who wish people knew how to run left or right when something was about to roll onto them. Regardless of any complaints, the movie had its upsides. Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw was pretty badass as a woman who was dealt a terrible hand (the c-section scene is the stuff of nightmares), and Michael Fassbender’s David was an interesting contemplation on the meaning of life.
I would have been perfectly content to follow the adventures of Elizabeth and David’s head for a few more films where they continue explore humanity out in space, but based on what we’ve learned so far of the plot from director Ridley Scott, I won’t be getting much of that in the anticipated follow-up, Alien: Covenant.
Sure, both Rapace and Fassbender are both back, but it doesn't sound like Rapace’s Shaw will be around for a whole lot. In fact, she isn’t even much of a character in the film, from all we’ve heard. So what does that mean for Fassbender’s David? How is it that David seems to have a sizable role, but not Shaw? Well, there seems to be a bit of a twist in the story.
Speaking with The Irish Times (via Alien-Covenant), Fassbender revealed that he wouldn’t just be playing David.
“I am allowed to say I am playing two robots – Walter and David. I think what’s great about it is that Ridley has gone back to the original DNA of Alien, the horror element of that. But is also has the scope and the scale of Prometheus. Ridley has cut it already. He is a machine. He is an incredible human being and he was in such good form. He is such an imaginative and mischievous figure.”
First of all, it’s great to hear that they have a cut in the film. Big props to director Ridley Scott for being such a prolific and hardworking filmmaker. That gives them just under a year to get all the visual effects in before the film hits theaters next August. Second of all, this revelation makes me wonder if Elizabeth will bite the dust, as previously believed.
Fassbender’s David is an android — but is just a model of an android. From the sound of it, he’ll also be playing Walter, another version of the same model. I wonder if it’s possible that we’ll be following Katherine Waterston and Walter for most of the film, only to run into a body-less David and an on-the-run Elizabeth Shaw. Call it wishful thinking on my end, but I’d like to think that all the time spent on Prometheus was worth something, and would hate to see Elizabeth die after all she went through in that film.
What do you think? Do Michael Fassbender’s comments change anything for you? Let us know in the comments down below!
Alien: Covenant hits theaters on August 4, 2017.