After changing its name again, having a new lead cast and having the number of sequels go from one to three, Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant has another change in store: Prometheus actress Noomi Rapace isn’t returning for more Xenomorph adventures.
We already know that the sequel film will take place a decade after the events of Scott’s uneven sorta-kinda-not-a-prequel film set in his Alien universe, and it looks like when we saw Dr. Elizabeth Shaw blast off from LV-223, it’s the last time any of us get to see her.
This makes a bit of sense: there’s been some re-writes, and given the name change, it seems like Fox is more than willing to let the idea of a separate Prometheus franchise die off, and simply go back to the franchise that they should have just stuck with in the first place.
The film is rumored to have a crew come across a ‘paradise’-like world where the android David is the only inhabitant. It’s an interesting premise, and it’s possible that Rapace’s disappearance owes more to the story than the actress’s willingness to appear in the sequel. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see just how she’s written out of the story.
Alien: Covenant is due out in theaters on October 6th, 2017.