Katherine Waterston Lands Lead Role in Next 'Alien: Covenant' Film

December 18, 2015
Source: THR

Katherine Waterston

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.

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  • Jon Odishaw
    As most of you know I'm a large defender of Prometheus and by extension I was blown away by Noomi Rapaces performance in it. So I am greatly disappointed that she has been killed off. That being said this Katherine seems like one hell of an actress so I'm on board.
    • TheOct8pus
      I shall cautiously share your optimism....
    • Bo
      I'm with you on this one, Jon. Although I did like much of Prometheus, I also had a few problems with it. One of the things I liked the most about the film was Noomi Rapace. I just can't understand, with the ending and her taking the Fassbender character's head, why they would now come up with a script that doesn't include her character. I'm very disappointed and wonder just why they decided to do this. Plus, I'm also very frustrated knowing that we will never really know the truth to this decision. Scott can say whatever the hell he wants as to why and probably will. I'm not sure I'll be able to believe him. Why lose a very good actress and character who's actions moved the next film forward? Is there something going on between Rapace and Scott? It's just wierd. I also don't think Alex knows from Adam that this new character is going to be a 'bad-ass' like Ripley was. It's just wishful thinking, Alex, which is cool, but still just wishful Rapace's character wasn't. Neither was Charlize Theron's in Prometheus. So, the reality is we have no idea what this new character is going to be like. I also might add that I don't see Waterston fitting into that mold. But hey, why not give her that kind of shot, eh? I don't know. I think that now that I've learned all this new stuff and the decisions they've made I'm done with the whole Alien(s) thing. Enough is enough...for me!
      • Dominic
        if this is ANOTHER colony ship that meets David , then this movie's time period is prob 20-30 years from Prom 1 ... so Ridley and his scripywriters were prob wondering " how can we say that Shaw has survived for this long ? an andrioid yeah but her ? " . So they were trying to be more realistic ... and at ths point , maybe Noomi made other committments . The national discussions are so negative about Prom 1 , why WOULD she want back ? lol DPD ; Noomi may have sold that scene , and the rest of the movie from that point , but THAT is STILL the Correct Worst Scene of the movie ( and I'm one of the few who actually support Prom ) . Not the just the operation itself ( The 60-Second Abortion ) , but how she could even walk after that , much less jump and run .. horrible continuity ; drugs aren't THAT good ... Granted it was a necessary scene , as it has been used to explain why Ripley's xenomorphs look as they do , with a vaguely human shape . After "Birth " in an Engineer with genes straight from a human uterus , on top of original genetic material Engineers created them with ...just them Not being realistic with a Human character ..
        • Dominic
          The Female Lead has always been the one who was scripted as most bad-ass - Noomi eventually gets there as does Sanaa Lathan and Reiko Aylesworth .. So it's not a bad Assupmtion that Somewhere in the movie her character wil be kicking Something's ass
        • Bo
          Ummm...interesting..but still...they are fashioning the scripts and story so why get rid of Rapace's character? I've read elsewhere that she is still in the next film, so who the hell really knows? What I hated, hated about Prom is the ending with the space ship killing Theron's character. It was absurd. The spaceship was rolling like a big donut rolling on it's side. All she had to do was step out of it's path; like Rapace did when she stumbled...she just rolled out of the way. It's like watching someone running down the middle of the railroad tracks from a train chasing them when all they would have to do is get off of the fu*king tracks! As much as I like Ridley Scott I still can't believe he staged the scene/sequence that way and thought it would fly...really, really dumb. Thanks for you explanation though re: the 30 yrs. thing, but they didn't have to come up with that idea.
          • Dominic
            yeah that migt be 2nd worst script blunder , but hey we all were prompted to hate Theron's character , so killing her off was supposed to be satisfying for the audience .. The Last Human killed ... David will be doing flashbacks as explanation for this new ship's crew , so this is where u will prob only see Shaw ...
          • Bo
            I wonder though, was the audience satisfied? Killed by a rolling donut? nothing surprises me anymore about what audiences today are willing to accept. You seem to have a good take on the whole affair; too bad you aren't in on the script meetings, eh? I just really like Noomie Rapace and a little disappointed she might not be in this one...if that's the case. Did you see her in The Drop. She was so wonderful and vulnerable and terrific along side Hardy. She's the real deal, for sure. I reckon you are correct also with regards to the female character eventually kicking something's ass. We shall see, but as I've said...I'm a bit done with all the Alien(s) movies. I do like Ridley Scott and most of his movies so I for sure will be interested in what he does here. Thanks, Dominic Good chatting with you about all this. Peace..
      Rapace sold the hell out of the C-section scene. That could have easily been the most hamfisted moments, but she did it.
    • Peter Vallance
      She hasn't been killed off; she'll have a minor role in the film, which I think is the right move narrative wise.
  • ari smulders
    Although i like Noomi Rapace in Prometheus I think this is a good choice, and this photo a bad representation of who she realy is. After the martian (the best movie after mad Max this year) I have again total confidence again in Ridley Scott.
    Pretty cool. The world needs more strong characters that happen to be women.
  • Charles Knowlton
    Ridley had his chance to bring back the Alien franchise with Prometheus and blew it. I can't believe he's putting the brakes on Neil Blomkamp's movie. He's acting like a spoiled child who won't share with other children. Ridley, you're TOO OLD for this. Prometheus was OK, but it was no Alien for sure. Come to think of it, you haven't made a great film in more than a decade and yes, I'm including The Martian. Again, it was ok. That's the term I would give your career for this past decade or so. Time to give it up to someone younger.
    • dan
      no great films in more than a decade? I loved "kingdom of heaven". I also liked "body of lies" and "American gangster". and I thought Prometheus was a good watch too - I loved the way it ended and want to see where the story goes.
      • Bo
        I agree. I really liked Kingdom of Heaven and still can't understand why the folks didn't. Oh Well. I also liked a little film he did with Crowe and the french gal Marion Cottelaud (bad spelling) titled A Good Year. Hard to believe it's a Scott film, but I really enjoyed it. I don't know what's with all this ragging on Scott thing.
        • dan
          yea, "good year" wasn't bad at all.
  • Is there the possibility that the Lispeth character has left for Paradise leaving David behind? It's getting a bit boring though, not sure the stars are aligning any more.




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