Although her role was thought to be minor as a new set of characters were being introduced to the ALIEN universe, it’s now been confirmed that Noomi Rapace will no longer return to reprise her role as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw from divisive prequel PROMETHEUS.
Scott has confirmed that Michael Fassbender’s android David will be the only returnee to ALIEN: COVENANT, although states, “we’re still casting the main roles,” for what will be a brand new trilogy of ALIEN films building the bridge to Scott’s seminal 1979 sci-fi classic.
The official plot synopsis (below) released along with the title treatment (above) suggested this but Scott, while promoting THE MARTIAN, had previously said Rapace would return in a smaller role as she and David set off for answers to the Engineer home planet. It appears she’s likely to go the same route as Newt at the beginning of ALIEN 3.
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.
INHERENT VICE, STEVE JOBS and FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM star Katherine Waterson was recently confirmed as the new female lead alongside Fassbender for the film dated for October 6, 2017.