Danny Bride is in early talks to appear in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus follow-up Alien: Covenant. The Wrap is reporting that the star of HBO’s Eastbound & Down is going to be joining the cast of the science-fiction film.
If the negotiations are successful, McBride will be joining Michael Fassbender, who will be reprising his role from Prometheus, and new comer to the franchise Katherine Waterston.
Presumably, McBride will be a member of the crew of the titular spaceship Covenant, who discover a planet that they think is a paradise but actually harbors a dark secret. And since this is an Alien franchise film, I think you can guess what that secret may involve.
McBride is an interesting choice, even if we don’t know what role he will be playing. He normally plays very broad comic characters, ones that would feel very out of place in the Alien franchise. Might he be playing a toned-down version of his normal screen persona or will this role mark a move into more straightforward dramatic material for the actor?
Covenant is expected to be the first in a trilogy of new Alien films that will ultimately tie together the events of Prometheus with Scott’s first, franchise-launching film from 1979.
Alien: Covenant is currently scheduled for an October 6, 2017 release.