Ridley Scott’s latest entry in the Alien series has found its lead: Katherine Waterston, who was in Inherent Vice and Steve Jobs, and will soon star in the J.K. Rowling adaptation Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
As Deadline, which nabbed the casting scoop, reports, Waterston (fun fact: she’s the daughter of Law and Order fan fave Sam Waterston) will play the lead character, named Daniels. But not much else is yet known about Alien: Covenant:
Specific plot details for the new one are being closely guarded, but it is believed to follow the crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet, who discover what they believe is an uncharted paradise but is, in fact, a dark, dangerous world, the only inhabitant of which is David (Michael Fassbender), the “synthetic” and survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Covenant is believed to be the first in a conceived trilogy of new films that will link the events of Prometheus with the original 1979 Ridley Scott-directed classic Alien.
In recent interviews, Scott has also noted that the film will delve into the origins of the alien species.
Top image: Katherine Waterston at a screening of Inherent Vice on Saturday, Nov 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)