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As Ridley Scott tools up another crew for doom in the upcoming Alien: Covenant, the sequel/prequel will return to its horror roots by making sure that in space, no one can hear you scream. Exploring the Xenomorph lore, #AlienCovenant is amping up the mystery and making Michael Fassbender the center of proceedings. Fassbender will be in the dual role of androids David (returning from #Prometheus) and newcomer Walter. We already saw David's nefarious schemes last time around, while Walter seems just as sinister as his doppelgänger in the footage we have seen.
However, alongside Fassbender and Noomi Rapace (returning somewhere), another Alien franchise alumni is returning to the fray. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Ridley Scott revealed that Covenant will not open with the suspected "Last Supper" scene we have already scene, it will be a prologue of David's creation, which will also see the return of #GuyPearce as Peter Weyland.
The Last Pearce Of The Puzzle
David and Weyland clearly shared a complicated relationship and Prometheus saw the robotic renegade refer to Weyland as "father," words we will hear again in the Covenant opening. Scott has teased that the film will start with Fassbender's "big beautiful blue eye," where you can "see every vein.”
Scott has said that from the very start, Covenant, will be different to your usual #scifi #horror:
“We start 'Covenant' with a really clever prologue that settles—once and for all—who David really is. [It will] really get people going because it’s f*cking smart for a change.”
Pearce's role in 2012's Prometheus saw a grisly demise when the aging company founder had his brains smashed in by an angry engineer, using David's dismembered head as a blunt instrument. It was poetic that creator was effectively killed by creation, but Covenant is set to explore the duo's relationship further.
Pearce appeared as a young Weyland in viral marketing for the film, but spent his Prometheus scenes under some not very convincing makeup. Unsurprisingly/thankfully it will be Weyland in his formative years that we meet this time around, meaning that Pearce won't be donning those awful Bad Grandpa prosthetics!
Pearce has teased that the prologue will effectively go back to the start to explore a story that we all thought we knew:
“Not to take away anything from what we did on ‘Prometheus,’ but I do think that to get back to the heart of the story is what the fans want."
However, for those expecting some sort of magnificent Weyland revival, don't get your hopes up, it looks like Peter will just have a cameo to open the film:
“I was really there very briefly. So I don’t feel it as deeply in my bones as when I’ve worked on something for months on end...But I do keep reminding myself that I am in the new ‘Alien’ film and it’s a thrill."
At least we know that Weyland will make it out of this film alive, which is more than can be said for the rest of the cast, in particular the introduction of James Franco's Captain Branson — he looks set for an early face-hug courtesy of the titular aliens.
Robots in Disguise
The Weyland-Yutani Corporation is as big a part of the Alien franchise as Sigourney Weaver or the Xenomorphs themselves. Weyland-Yutani appeared in all of the films bar Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Alien: Resurrection, where it was revealed that mega corporations were outlawed and the company had been bought out by Walmart at some point during the 24th century. The conglomerate had several run-ins with the Xenomorphs in its time and is now seemingly responsible for the creation of David 8 too.
Away from Weyland, the emphasis on Fassbender's David also amps up the mystery around who created the Xenomorphs, while David is currently the frontrunner for master of the monsters. Many had tipped Katherine Waterston's Daniels to be this film's Ellen Ripley, possibly even her mother, but Waterston herself tells us that not everything is as it seems:
“It’s the A.I. that’s the real connective tissue of this franchise. People keep saying I’m the Ripley. I’m not. It’s Fassbender.”
Clearly David's creation will have some sort of repercussions for the rest of the film, and also note that David hasn't yet been seen in any footage from Covenant. When we last left him, his various ripped-up parts were flying to find "Paradise" with Rapace's Dr. Shaw. It is presumed that Shaw has met some sort of grisly fate on the tropical planet, begging the question, at the hands of whom? Scott had previously confirmed that it is not the albino-skinned Engineers behind the Xenomorphs, but that the idea would be explored in Covenant. Could the little mouth-poppers really be the result of android David?