The next installment of the Alien saga is now filming in Australia, and the German-Irish actor who will reprise his role as the android David is praising director Ridley Scott's spectacular sets and visceral approach to the hallowed material. Michael Fassbender will star in Alien: Covenant alongside Billy Crudup, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett and Demian Bichir in an odyssey to the Engineers' home planet, and will hopefully get some answers regarding humanity's planned extinction.
In a recent interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Fassbender describes some of the script's secrets and the absorbing physical sets being used.
“There are going to be great sets and aliens coming out of people. It’s amazing to watch Ridley work. I try to soak up as much knowledge as I can from him, because having worked on this kind of films a few times and having seen how many moving parts there are, how many people work on the set and how many departments need attention and the language, he’s an absolute master.”
On the film's fantastic production design, Fassbender is highly complimentary of the attention to detail and likens the complexity and methodology to another of Scott's stylish sci-fi films. From working on the latest entry in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, Prometheus and the upcoming Assassin's Creed, he's uniquely qualified to lend his opinions and impressions of the elaborate process.
“The sets are fantastic. Again, the most impressive sets I’ve seen since ‘Prometheus,’ which was the original setting. It’s a fantastic mixture of high-end technology and primitive elements. The way that I can explain it is the same way that Ridley did ‘Blade Runner.’
“You have this futuristic world where people are eating noodles, because that seems to be the cheaper food and something that will fill you up. But it’s also something that harks back to the past. The weaving of those two things—past and future—together makes for an interesting world that we can aspire to, but also recognize something in it.”
Are you on board for Ridley Scott's next offering in the planned prequel trilogy, or did you leap off at LV-223 in the Zeta Reticuli?
Alien: Covenant lands in theaters on Aug. 4, 2017.