ALIEN: COVENANT Will Take Place 10 Years After PROMETHEUS

Ridley Scott is about to start production on his next film, Alien: Covenant — a sequel to his Alien prequel Prometheus. For those who may need a little refresher, here's the film's official synopsis:

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus -- and connects directly to Scott's 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

When Joey first wrote about that synopsis, he wondered about the fate of Noomi Rapace's character, who was last seen flying away with David on a search for the beings who created the Engineers. Since her name is conspicuously absent there, does that mean she won't be in the movie at all? Apparently she'll still have a small role, but Collider (via The Playlist) discovered, in an interview with costume designer Janty Yates, that the film's setting might have something to do with why Rapace won't play a major part: the movie will be set "10 years in the future beyond 'Prometheus.'"

Considering Fassbender's David is an android, he could obviously survive any number of situations that Rapace's character couldn't, especially during a ten year stretch. It'll be fascinating to see what happens when the crew of a new ship stumbles across him, and hopefully it'll be fun and suspenseful to watch the (multiple?) xenomorphs start to pick them off one by one.

Alien: Covenant is slated to hit theaters on October 7th, 2017.

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