When we last saw Michael Fassbender’s android David at the end of “Prometheus” he was a severed head on the way to an alien planet. The sequel has gone through many changes and shake-ups, but with the dust clearing on the production of “Alien: Covenant,” it appears that Fassbender will portray two androids in the next outing.
In an interview with The Irish Times (by way of io9), Fassbender name dropped both his characters. “I am allowed to say I am playing two robots – Walter and David,” he said. He went on to praise the vision of director Ridley Scott saying, “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.”
If this is indeed the case, this will be a departure of the naming scheme of the androids in the previous films in the franchise. There was Ash, Bishop, and Call in the first three “Alien” movies, and Fassbender’s own David in “Prometheus” — following an alphabetical pattern. Of course, this movie is an interquel, acting as both a sequel to “Prometheus” and a prequel to the “Alien” movies. Perhaps they are giving up the in-joke in the face of the growing complication of the franchise’s timeline. Or maybe the next movie will introduce a whole mess of new android characters.
Coming to theaters August 4, 2017, “Alien: Covenant” stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett and Billy Crudup.
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