Noomi Rapace Joins The Cast of ALIEN: COVENANT

Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant is currently filming in Australia and Deadline reports that actress Noomi Rapace is on the set to shoot weeks worth of scenes in the film. 

Potential minor spoilers ahead (based only on my speculation).

Last year before filming began Ridley Scott mentioned that Rapace would have a small role in the film. When the official synopsis was revealed in November 2015, only David (Michael Fassbender) was name checked, leading many to believe Shaw's character won't return.

Here is what I had speculated back then:

Shaw's absence in the synopsis has led some people to conclude that her character has been axed. But it's very likely that for story purposes her fate and presence in the movie are being guarded to be revealed later on.

Couple of months later in February 2016 during an interview Scott went on to confirm that Noomi Rapace won't return for the sequel. Since then many including myself went on to believe Shaw won't return.

In fact now I wish her comeback in the movie was not reported at all, as it would have been a nice surprise. Though this news is already out now, I think many not catching up on movie news, won't know about Shaw until they see the movie. Also I believe her character won't be part of the trailers and promotional campaign. Shooting weeks worth of scenes means it's not just a cameo role.

Katherine Waterston's character Daniels (revealed last month here) is the lead character of the film and Alien: Covenant is set 10 years after the events of Prometheus. Though the Covenant crew will meet David early on, I am speculating Shaw's character won't be featured in the movie until the second half of the film. I believe she will be the one leading the charge in saving the remaining crew members from their impeding doom.

Of course some are suggesting the story has now been changed to include Shaw. I still think she was part of the storyline right from the start and leaving her out of the cast list was all a ruse.

Here are some recent photos from the film revealed on Twitter.

David sporting a new hairdo.

"Creator. Creation."

Danny McBride and Ridley Scott inside the Covenant ship.

"Mission Briefing."

Alien: Covenant cast includes Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez and Alex England.

Directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jack Paglen, Michael Green and John Logan. 

Alien: Covenant will have a hard R rating and will open in theatres on August 4, 2017

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.

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