Alien: Covenant rumour round-up: Fassbender and returning characters

Potentially spoiler-y rumours are leaking like acid blood from Alien: Covenant

Filming has wrapped on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant, which means that we’ve still got a few months of endless new tidbits, rumours and speculation to get through, some of which will inevitably turn out to be true, and some of which will be nonsense. Some of it may be true now, but may change for the final film. So, if you want to avoid spoilers, stop reading….NOW!


First up, it’s being reported that Michael Fassbender will be playing not one but two characters in the movie. According to The Irish Times, Fassbender will playing a new android named Walter in addition to the curious, sinister, smiling synth David.

“I am allowed to say I am playing two robots—Walter and David. I think what’s great about it is that Ridley has gone back to the original DNA of Alien, the horror element of that. But is also has the scope and the scale of Prometheus. Ridley has cut it already. He is a machine. He is an incredible human being and he was in such good form. He is such an imaginative and mischievous figure.”

It seems fair to say this isn’t a rumour, given that it’s an interview Fassbender actually gave to a newspaper. Probably. Also, AVP Galaxy reported the Two Fasses last year. But what does this mean? Given David’s inelegant decapitation at the hands of the Engineer in Prometheus, it seems reasonable to assume that Walter is a new android model, especially given the on-set picture of Fassbender with different hair.

Next up, a rumour about a returning character, which would make sense given the previous report…


AVP Galaxy reports that Guy Pearce will be back for a scene in Alien: Covenant as Peter Weyland. Their scene description is really quite detailed, so if you don’t want to read them, please stop now, we don’t want to be responsible for this…


“We have learnt that Guy Pearce will be reprising his role as a slightly younger Peter Weyland during the film’s opening scenes. The current edit of Alien: Covenant begins with David 8 being brought online in a large white room with a grand view overlooking an ocean.

A younger, but still somewhat aged, Weyland asks David various questions to test him. We eventually move to David performing Richard Wagner’s Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla, explaining the meaning of the piece as he plays.”

This is obviously unconfirmed by anyone involved in the movie, and they do say “current edit,” although Guy Pearce has previously spoken about the fact that he’s absolutely up for working on the sequel to IGN.

Finally, the name of the new xenomorph has been revealed…by Fassbender again, who told BBC Radio 2 (via IGN) that the new creatures will be called “Neomorphs.” Which makes sense.

And that’s it for now!

Alien: Covenant stars Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Billy Crudup, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Callie Hernandez and Alexander England.

“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 (Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”

Alien: Covenant will be released on 6 October 2017. You can download Alien: The Complete Manual from now. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.