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

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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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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments

1

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.

Jon Odishaw on Dec 18, 2015

2

I shall cautiously share your optimism....

TheOct8pus on Dec 18, 2015

3

Rapace sold the hell out of the C-section scene. That could have easily been the most hamfisted moments, but she did it.

DAVIDPD on Dec 18, 2015

4

She hasn't been killed off; she'll have a minor role in the film, which I think is the right move narrative wise.

Peter Vallance on Dec 24, 2015

5

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.

ari smulders on Dec 18, 2015

6

Pretty cool. The world needs more strong characters that happen to be women.

DAVIDPD on Dec 18, 2015

7

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.

Charles Knowlton on Dec 18, 2015

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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.

dan on Dec 20, 2015

9

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.

Carpola on Dec 19, 2015

10

lol everyone needs to calm down a bit, Rapace will still have a role in the film, however minor - http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/141012/alien-covenant-ridley-scott-confirms-noomi-rapace-return-discusses-why-he-came-back-to-the-alien-franchise/

Peter Vallance on Dec 24, 2015

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