Danny McBride in talks for Alien: Covenant

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The Wrap is reporting that funnyman Danny McBride is in talks to star in Alien: Covenant.

Should McBride sign on, he will join Michael Fassbender’s David and the series’ new female lead Katherine Waterston.

Despite being known for writing and starring in hilarious comedies like The Pineapple Express, This is the End and his series Eastbound & Down, Danny McBride’s casting in the Prometheus sequel and Alien prequel is a massive and smart move for him.

He not only gets to play with his range as an actor, perhaps peppering his inherent comedy and charisma with drama and emotion, he also gets to be directed by Ridley Scott, one of the cinema’s greatest masterminds.

After the lukewarm reception of Prometheus, some justified and some not, Ridley Scott is promising to take his beloved universe back to its roots. He has confirmed that all your favourite killers – face huggers, chest bursters and the xenomorph – will be back for Alien: Covenant, which will then be followed by two more sequels Scott intends to direct.

“Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ‘Alien’ with ‘Alien: Covenant’, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with ‘Prometheus’ — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. 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.”

Following on from how astonishingly fun and funny The Martian was, I am firmly excited for Scott’s Alien: Covenant because it seems, at last, that Scott can make fantastic films again.

Alien: Covenant will hit theatres on 6th October 2017.

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