When we last saw Noomi Rapace's Dr. Elizabeth Shaw she was zooming off LV-223 with Michael Fassbender's android head in a duffel bag and an impassioned urge to discover the reasons for the Engineer's unpleasant plan for the extinction of humanity. It seems the character of Shaw is being left in the interstellar dust as a confusing chain of events unfolded in Fox's earnest attempt to navigate the Alien franchise back to supreme profitability.
Plans for a film titled Prometheus 2 were summarily sidelined while director Neill Blomkamp tried to play in the Alien sandbox but was dumped in favor of a new film called Prometheus: Paradise Lost that would bridge the gap back into the traditional Alien Quadrilogy's continuity. When word broke that Scott would direct the next film, now titled Alien: Covenant, it was assumed it would logically pick up the plot with Shaw exploring the Engineer's home planet. Think again! As relayed in a short piece in The Daily Mail, Ridley Scott said he has ruled out Rapace and confirmed that the sci-fi thriller is still casting while in pre-production mode in Sydney, Australia.
The plot to what's being call an Alien prequel is said to take place ten years after the events depicted in 2012's Prometheus, with Michael Fassbender's android character, David, the only survivor of the doomed mission to the Engineer's weapons factory exo-planet. Supposedly, a derelict research crew led by Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs) encounters David on an uncharted "paradise-like" world with a central mystery being what happened to the pair after they left LV-223. According to Scott, this new trilogy of films will explore the deeper origins of the Xenomorphs and the Engineers, their motivations and missions, and feature all versions and frightening cycles of the Xenomorph lifeform, from egg pod to chestburster to Queen.
Are you sad Noomi Rapace will be absent from this next Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel or are you ready to put that relationship to rest?