Prometheus 2 casts Inherent Vice star in key role

Will this actress be Prometheus 2’s new Noomi Rapace?

It’s been all systems go on Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant of late, what with the multiple title changes and other assorted gossip. One of the subjects of discussion has been the status of the original’s star, Noomi Rapace, and whether she’ll return. While it looks like she will be coming back, her role will be a relatively minor one, with Katherine Waterston being cast in what looks like it could be the lead role.

According to The Wrap, Waterston will co-star alongside fellow Steve Jobs lead Michael Fassbender, who is reprising his role as android David. Plot details are sketchy at present, but according to the source, Waterston is believed to be playing a crew member aboard a spacecraft called the Covenant, which stumbles across a world that is mostly uninhabited – aside from David (who we’re presuming will have fashioned some form of a body for himself by this point), and a number of other not-very-nice creatures.

Alien Covenant Katherine Waterston
Katherine Waterston will be Alien: Covenant’s new lead

It’s just one of a number of big projects that rising star Waterston has lent her name to, having previously starred in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, and with Harry Potter prequel/spinoff Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them on the horizon.

Although more details about the plot are thin on the ground at present, we do have this brief synopsis, which tells us a little bit more about where things might be heading:

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.

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