Following the premiere of Alien prequel Prometheus in 2012, fans of the beloved sci-fi franchise have been waiting for news of a sequel film that would connect Prometheus with the classic trilogy that made Ellen Ripley the most badass woman on the big screen. On Monday, 20th Century Fox answered their prayers.
Ridley Scott will return once again for Alien: Covenant, the sixth installment of the franchise set to hit theaters in October 2017:
What do we know about this film so far? For one, it looks like Prometheus star Noomi Rapace won't be returning for a curtain call. She's noticeably absent from the official 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.
Given that every Alien movie has been anchored by a strong female lead since the first film in 1979, Rapace's absence seems a bit unnerving. Never fret, though: rumors suggest that Mission: Impossible beauty Rebecca Ferguson is allegedly in talks for the new film.
That 'paradise' line is intriguing as well. Back in September, Scott told the media that the first (first?!?!) Prometheus sequel would be called Alien: Paradise Lost. We can only speculate on the name change; perhaps he's saving for one of the three Prometheus sequels the director wants to take on in the coming years.
We'll likely learn more details about the film and how it connects to the larger Alien universe over the coming months, so stay tuned for updates.