The official title logo and synopsis for Ridley Scott’s follow-up to Prometheus, which saw a few title changes until Alien: Covenant was finally locked in, has been released by 20th Century Fox.
As those who have seen Prometheus will remember (spoilers ahead), the film wrapped up with Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw and the head of Michael Fassbender’s synthetic David heading off into space in search for answers. So, it’s somewhat surprising that Rapace’s name and character are completely absent from Alien: Covenant‘s first synopsis:
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.
Either Fox is keeping Rapace’s role here under wraps, or she’s simply not returning for the sequel. The latter would be quite a shame, considering it was her key role and performance that made Prometheus all the more watchable.
It’s early days yet, so we’ll see. Alien: Covenant will hit the U.S. on May 30, 2017.
Here’s the official title logo.