Katherine Waterston Lands Lead Role in Next 'Alien: Covenant' Film
Meet the new Ripley. THR is reporting that director Ridley Scott has cast actress Katherine Waterston in the lead role opposite Michael Fassbender in the upcoming Alien: Covenant film. Throughout this past year we've been reporting on Ridley kicking this new Alien film into production after catching the sci-fi bug working on The Martian again. He's so invested in this one, that Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie has been postponed. Waterston will star along with Fassbender, with filming starting in Australia in early 2016. The story will follow a colony ship that lands on a planet where they find the android David from Prometheus.
While Katherine Waterston has been acting for years, she has only recently broken out big in Hollywood. Her breakthrough role was in PTA's Inherent Vice as Shasta, which she followed up with appearances in the indies Sleeping with Other People and Queen of Earth, along with the role of Chrisann Brennan in Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs movie. This Alien: Covenant role is a huge score for her and will push her further into the mainstream, which is cool because she's talented and a genuine person. The report does not indicate which role or what character Waterston will be playing, other than a lead opposite Fassbender, but I have a good feeling she's a badass Ripley-esque character. I'm excited to learn more about what they're up to this time.