EXCLUSIVE: Noomi Rapace on whether she'd return to the Alien franchise

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Aug 15, 2017

Alien: Covenant has so far raked in a robust $232 million worldwide and spurred inevitable talk of a sequel.

But there’s one key person who has yet to catch it: Noomi Rapace, the star of its prequel, Prometheus, and who figures rather tellingly in Covenant. (Don’t worry, we won’t spoil anything for those of you planning to catch it on home video.)

“I haven’t seen it yet,” Rapace — who stars in the upcoming Netflix thriller What Happened to Monday — tells SYFY WIRE. “I’ve just been working like a crazy mad woman for so many months. And when I’m in work mode, I can’t really watch films. So I haven’t seen it yet.”

She adds, “I’m dying to see it. I love Ridley,” name-checking director Ridley Scott, who helmed both Prometheus and Covenant.

So is Rapace up to returning to the franchise?

“I haven’t to talked to anyone about it,” she reveals, adding that it “depends on who is doing it. If it was Ridley, I adore him, and I would work with him any day. But it would very much come down to who the director is, I guess, and the story.”

Scott has remained characteristically cryptic about subsequent installments in the Alien saga. And although no sequel has officially been announced, he did spill some details about his larger plans for the franchise at a panel talk at SXSW earlier this year.

There, he hinted that a new film, which he called Awakening, may take place between the events of Prometheus and Covenant. And then, after that, a possible new trilogy altogether.

A gentle word of advice to Ms. Rapace, should she decide to dive back in: Keep that med-pod nearby.