James Franco cast in key role for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant

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May 5, 2017, 12:38 PM EDT (Updated)

I'm a huge fan of James Franco and when he's not grinning incessantly for the camera, he's one of the most captivating performers on screen, with more than a handful of solid films in his resume. News broke today of his casting in Ridley Scott's upcoming Alien: Covenant and it could be a small but pivotal choice in rounding out the production's eclectic acting roster.  

According to the announcement via AvP Galaxy, Franco will be playing the character of Branson, the captain of the Covenant spaceship and husband to Katherine Waterston's Daniels. The report also added that his screen time will be relegated to the first ten minutes of the film and subsequent scenes later in the story. It's interesting to note that Franco will additionally appear in several viral footage sneaks that will no doubt be dealt out over the next year as publicity heightens.

Besides the dozen or so current projects on his creative plate, Franco did some commendable work in Hulu's time-traveling adaptation of Stephen King's 11.22.63, embodying the iconic wizard in 2013's Oz The Great and Powerful and a synpathetic turn in 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  In Covenant he'll rejoin fellow comedic actor Danny McBride whom he co-starred with in the 2013 apocalyptic flick, This Is The End.  Also starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce, Demián Bichir, Billy Crudup and Amy Seimetz, Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant invades theaters on May 19, 2017.

What do you think of Franco's addition and are you counting down the days until this sci-fi saga launches?

(Via Bloody Disgusting)