According to Deadline, four actors have joined Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant cast, including Jussie Smolett (“Empire”), Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Carmen Ejogo (Selma) and Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills). The fresh young faces — who will, most likely, wind up being Red Shirts — are joining newcomers Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”) and Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight).
Michael Fassbender will reprise his role as Prometheus‘ android, David, while Waterston is set to play a woman named Daniels.
Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus, Alien: Covenant connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Jack Paglen (Transcendence) and Michael Green (Green Lantern) are providing the Alien: Covenant screenplay. The project is entering production in Australia with 20th Century Fox set to distribute the film in theaters on October 6, 2017.