The marketing campaign for Alien: Covenant is pushing forward steadily, doling out tantalizing images the remind us the film will be closer in tone to the original Alien than other entries to the franchise such as Aliens or Prometheus. But the new film has to separate itself and stand out from the original Alien and Katherine Waterson who plays the character of Daniels told Empire just how Daniels differs from Ripley:
“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.”
Personally, Waterson looks a little too much like Ripley for my taste. So far the images released from the film have given me a lot of hope that Alien: Covenant is taking things back to the bloody horror roots of the original but I am beginning to worry this could be a bit of a retread. If it was a sequel it wouldn’t bother me so much but considering this is before Alien in the timeline, I’m worried Daniels’ character could take away from how special Ripley is if both characters are too similar.
Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19, 2017.
The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, Noomi Rapace, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, and Guy Pearce. Written by Michael Green, John Logan, and Jack Palgen. Directed by Ridley Scott.
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.