To date, very few plot details, if any, have been known about Alien: Covenant. Ridley Scott is returning to the director's chair for the next installment of a franchise which is unquestionably his baby, with an impressive cast of Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Michael Fassbender, James Franco and more. Until today, that was about all we knew.
After footage of the film was shown at a 20th Century Fox showcase of their 2017 slate of movies, there we have gained a significant amount of insight about the perilous space adventure.
Some of those details come from Alien: Covenant star Katherine Waterston. Reluctant to spill any major spoilers seeing as she has not been debriefed about what she can or cannot say, Waterston did offer about of insight regarding her Daniels character in an exclusive interview with ComicBook.com.
"It's a colonist mission to a new planet," Waterston said. "She's the chief terraformist. She's basically a space gardener. It's seriously important when you're moving to a new planet."
"That's her wheelhouse," Waterston said. "Then, she finds that she has guts that she didn't know she had. That's a similarity, I think, to the original in that way that there's people who don't want to be in the circumstances they find themselves in."
The similarity Waterston is refering to is a noticeable parallel to the original heroine of the Alien franchise: Ripley as portrayed by Sigourney Weaver.
"Obviously since Ridley returned to this franchise with Promtheseus, obviously [tribute] is something he's interested in doing." "For me, the way I thought about it was it's so amazing to get to be a part of this world but I didn't really think about the shoes I had to fill because if I did I would probably just panic."
Waterston does insist that her character is in a "very different" situation than Weaver's in the originals.
"I think that in this whole series of films, including Prometheus, there's always been a woman hustling until the bitter end."
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Alien: Covenant is set for release on May 19, 2017.