The upcoming “Alien: Covenant” looks to return the “Alien” film series to its primal, psychological origins when it releases this May, but the film will also add something new to the mix: it will feature the first LGBT characters to appear in the series.
“Alien: Covenant” follows the crew of a deep space seed ship on course for a seemingly habitable planet far from Earth. It’s an “Alien” movie, though, so -- naturally -- things go very, very bad. But, prior to that, the film lulls audiences into a false sense of safety by familiarizing them with the crew of the Covenant colony ship, which is staffed entirely by couples. One of those couples is played by Demian Bichir and Nathaniel Dean.
Speaking to Collider, Dean said his character Sergeant Hallet is portrayed just as any other: "The thing within this film is that we don’t really italicize it, like it’s just a thing, that these two men who love each other and they happen to be bad ass soldiers, so, you know, that’s been an interesting thing to play out within the ship. It’s been great."
"We are grateful to serve on this mission together given the fact that in the past he worked under my command as my subordinate," Dean continued, referring to Bichir's character Lowe. "That can create a problem, but not among us because we know who we are and we are trained for anything. We are basically trained to obey orders and obey ranks but that might raise some eyebrows. The fact that they thought it would be a good idea to be put together on the same team, we are just grateful for that. Before partners, before husbands, and before lovers, we are professionals and we know we can’t cross that line because that would be the difference between dead and alive.
Debuting in theaters May 19, “Alien: Covenant” is a production of 20th Century Fox directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir and Nathaniel Dean.