Despite stating in interviews previously by director Tony Scott, that both Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace would be returning to reprise their roles of David and Elisabeth Shaw respectively in the Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, now it appears that is no longer the case. At least not the case with Rapace, as it appears she will no longer be returning, in the film that is said to be closer to Alien then Prometheus was.
In an interview with Empire, Tony Scott was asked on a update on if she was returning, he answered simply “No, we’re still casting.” Whilst this is not definitive it certainly raised a few eyebrows when it was announced that Katherine Waterston had been cast as the female lead for the new film, now we have an answer why.
It is unclear if Rapace passed on the film or if she simply being held back only to return in another sequel set to come out on a later date. Scott has said previously that he is planning 3 sequels to the 2012 film, to bridge the gap between Prometheus and Alien. Rapace is currently in pre-production in a Amy Winehouse biopic where she plays the tortured singer.
Hopefully we won’t have seen the last of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw despite mixed reactions to Prometheus, Rapace’s character was generally well received by critics, her not returning would be a mistake.
It is expected that Michael Fassbender’s android David will still return for the film, however to what capacity is unknown at this time.
Alien: Covenant is going to hit cinemas 6th October 2017.
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