Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant to add Danny McBride to the cast

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Feb 13, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

A report over at The Wrap claims HBO’s Eastbound & Down star Danny McBride is currently in talks to join director Ridley Scott’s next sci-fi film, Alien: Covenant.

The comedian is said to be in early discussions to join the cast that (so far) includes Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston. Sadly, Prometheus star Noomi Rapace will not return in the role of Elizabeth Shaw. As for Waterston, she'll play a character named Daniels, a member of the colony ship Covenant. She’s believed to be the movie’s new Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver)/Shaw. There’s no news as to the role McBride is in talks for, but I’m guessing he’ll also be another crew member.

Taking place 10 years after the events of Prometheus that saw Shaw and the synth David (Fassbender) set up a course for the Engineer’s homeworld, Alien: Covenant will center on the crew of the colony ship Covenant, who discover an uncharted paradise. Well, that’s what they think, but it’s actually a dark and dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is David, the last survivor of the Prometheus expedition.

Scott promised the new movie will dig deep into the mythology of the Xenomorphs and the Engineers and will feature the classic Alien monsters: from egg to face-hugger to chest-burster, and then the “big boy.” Alien: Covenant will mark the beginning of a new Alien trilogy that will link the events of Prometheus to Scott’s 1979 Alien movie.

Adding McBride to the Alien: Covenant cast would certainly be an intriguing move on the movie's part, since the actor is known for his comedic chops (see: Pineapple Express, Your Highness, This Is the End) and not his dramatic ones (and no, I'm not saying he wouldn't be good in the film). But what say you, do you think Danny McBride would make a great addition? 


Alien: Covenant will burst into theaters on Oct. 6, 2017.

(via The Wrap)

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