Published On: Tue, Mar 8th, 2016

‘Alien Covenant’ adds Billy Crudup, Alex England

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, is filling out their roster with some late additions, according to new reports by Deadline. Aussie Alex England and Spotlight star Billy Crudup have been cast in roles “still under wraps” to join the likes of Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and others.

“…England landed a role in the ensemble that Fox begins shooting next month,” the source wrote, noting England is in Gods of Egypt and his rep is UTA, Management 360 and United Management in Australia. Crudup is said to be taking a “key part” according to the Hollywood rumor site.

Ridley Scott directing Michael Fassbender in "Prometheus" Photo/20th Century FOX

Ridley Scott directing Michael Fassbender in “Prometheus” Photo/20th Century FOX

Fassbender, Waterston will also be joined by Demian Bichir, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez.

Plot details are still under wraps for Alien: Covenant, envisioned as the second in a prequel trilogy for 20th Century Fox that sets up the world first seen in 1979’s Alien but said to take place 10 years after the events of 2012’s Prometheus.

Fassbender is reprising his role as the android David from that pic, with all of the other cast new to the franchise.

Here’s the IMDB synopsis: 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.

Scott has revealed that the Covenant will continue the journey from Prometheus to Alien: “They’re going to go to the planet where the engineers came from, and come across the evolving creature that they had made. Why did they make it? Why would they make such a terrifying beast? It felt bio-mechanoid, it felt like a weapon. And so the movie will explain that, and reintroduce the alien back into it.”

He continued, revealing that the Xenomorphs will be back: …”here was always this discussion: Is Alien, the character, the beast, played out or not? We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy. I think maybe we can go another round or two.”

Alien: Covenant is set to arrive in theaters on August 4, 2017

Photo/20th Century FOX

Photo/20th Century FOX

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