The more we hear about Alien: Covenant, the more we’re looking forward to it, with the fact that it keeps adding to its already-impressive cast making it even more of a prospect. Now, another name has been added to the roster: Benjamin Rigby.
A relative unknown compared to the rest of the cast, Rigby is far better known in his native Australia, having starred in TV series like The Secret River and We Are Not Real People (not to mention – inevitably – Neighbours), as well as low-budget features like Lion and Plague. It’s hard to say too much more when it still hasn’t been disclosed exactly who the cast are playing, but it shows the level of ambition on show, with Ridley Scott seeming intent on building a diverse array of acting talent for what he hopes will be the first part of a new trilogy.
For those of you who are unfamiliar (or have forgotten), the synopsis is as follows: “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.” In other words, expect the sinister android to fighting firmly against the side of the angels once again.
Rigby joins a cast that already includes the likes of Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Billy Crudup, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Callie Hernandez and Alexander England. Ridley Scott is directing a script penned by Michael Green, Jack Paglen and John Logan, with Mark Huffam, Walter Hill, David Giler and Michael Schaefer on producing duties.
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