Eyebrows were raised when it was revealed that McBride, a man better known for the arrogant comedy stylings of Kenny Powers in Eastbound & Down, or the variety of lunkheads he has played on the big screen, would be part of the cast. But Scott clearly sees something in him, and it will certainly be interesting to see how he is used in Alien: Covenant.
The film, Scott's follow-up to Prometheus (2012), finds the colony ship heading for a remote planet, a place that the crew initially thinks is an uncharted paradise but turns out to be dark and full of terrors. And the only inhabitant is synthetic life form David (Michael Fassbender), who claims to be the lone survivor of the Prometheus mission. Is he telling the truth? Probably not, given Rapace's apparent presence on the cast list – unless she is just there for flashback duty?
Scott, working this time from a script by Michael Green (Green Lantern) and Jack Paglen (Transcendence), has Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Jussie Smolett (Empire), Amy Seimetz (You're Next), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills) and Billy Crudup (Watchmen) aboard this one. Alien: Covenant will land here on 4 August next year.