Daily Mail recently interviewed director Ridley Scott who confirmed that actress Noomi Rapace won't be in the Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant.
I asked if Noomi Rapace, who was in his film Prometheus (from which Covenant follows), would be working with him in Australia and he said no. ‘We’re still casting the main roles,’ he said.
He’s already got most of the film drawn in his own very detailed storyboards that enable him to visualize every shot before shooting actually begins.
Couple of months ago Ridley Scott did mention that Noomi would have a small role in the new sequel. So either he decided to cut out her role entirely or he never intended to have her character in this movie to begin with. Perhaps there was scheduling conflict for the actress or she chose not to participate due to having a smaller role. We won't know the real reasons until someone ends up getting a direct quote from her. One scenario I was imagining before was that they are trying to hide her role to be revealed later in the movie, but I don't think that is the reason anymore.
Also besides Michael Fassbender the only other person who is currently known to star in this movie is Katherine Waterston. She starred in Inherent Vice, Steve Jobs (with Fassbender) and will be seen next in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Despite the various problems in the movie, Shaw was the real anchor for the audience during Prometheus. Also during the ending after facing multiple near death experiences she is still determined to get answers as to why the Engineers set out to kill the humans. I was really looking forward to the sequel to see her character progress.
With The Martian Ridley Scott has shown he is still capable of doing great sci-fi and if they have a stronger script this time I think Alien: Covenant could be a good sequel.
Earlier in January during the Golden Globes Ridley Scott talked about Alien and the chestbuster scene. He mentioned the following during the press interview.
"Because it was extreme, it was extreme. I'm going to try to do that again this year, but much worse”
Watch the video below to listen to his quote in its full context. Jump to the 2 minute mark in the video.
Ridley has also mentioned before that the movie would have a hard R rating. Alien: Covenant opens in theatres on October 6, 2017.
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.