With her steely demeanour, large gun and seemingly standard issue tank top (look closely and you can spot a Weyland logo) there are obvious echoes of a certain Ellen Ripley. But Waterston tries to ignore that famous past. "These are things you actively don’t think about until you get interview to remind you that you should be pissing yourself," Waterston tells Empire.
At least she can channel that terror. "Unlike Sigourney in Alien, [Daniels] is in a survival mode of sorts from the beginning. She's not the captain, but she's a natural leader so in times of crisis she falls into that position quite easily."
Alien: Covenant finds Ridley Scott heading back to the Alien universe after Prometheus, and following a colony ship called the Covenant headed 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.
Waterston, Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Amy Seimetz (You're Next), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills), Billy Crudup (Watchmen) and Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) make up the ship's crew, and it appears we will catch up with Noomi Rapace's Dr. Elizabeth Shaw. Plus we will be getting a double dose of Fassbender, as he is also playing another synthetic, this one named Walter.
Alien: Covenant, which was originally scheduled for 4 August, now seems scheduled for 19 May, which should be day and date both here and in the US.