Alien: Covenant, the upcoming Prometheus follow-up, will not feature scientist Elizabeth Shaw.
Noomi Rapace is not going to be continuing with the franchise, after leading Prometheus alongside Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron.
Director Ridley Scott gave the Daily Mail an unequivocal “no” when asked if Rapace would be reprising her role, adding that the project was “still casting the main roles.”
It’s a bit of a surprising turn of events, considering Scott himself had a while ago said that Rapace would be involved in the picture, albeit in a small capacity.
Rapace put in a great performance in Prometheues, so it’s disappointing to hear that she won’t be a part of the sequel. Then again, maybe she will and they’ve decided to mute that fact in order to keep it a surprise.
There’s going to be three sequels to Prometheus, according to Scott, and the films will be leading directly to his 1979 classic, Alien.
“..why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him?” Scott said back in November. “Those questions will be answered.”
Alien: Covenant, set to star Inherent Vice and Steve Jobs actress Katherine Waterston, will follow the crew of a colony ship bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. They discover an uncharted paradise, but soon find it’s actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David (Fassbender).
The film is currently in pre-production and is scheduled for U.S. release on October 6, 2017.