In an interesting piece of casting news, Watchmen star Billy Crudup has joined the crew of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel Alien: Covenant.
As some of you will recall, Crudup played the blue-skinned (and naked), all-powerful Doctor Manhattan in Zack Snyder’s comic-book movie based on the awesome Watchmen graphic novel miniseries created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons.
The Almost Famous actor is only the latest in joining a cast that now includes Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Apocalypse), Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Danny McBride (Your Highness), Amy Seimetz (The Killing), Jussie Smollett (Empire), Carmen Ejogo (The Purge: Anarchy), Callie Hernandez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) and Alexander England (Gods of Egypt).
While it looks like the cast making up the crew of the colony ship Covenant is shaping up nicely, the major bummer is that Prometheus star Noomi Rapace will not return as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw.
Check out the official movie 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 (Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
While the original release date was Oct. 6 2017, Alien: Covenant is now set to burst into movie theaters on August 4, 2017, so don't forget to mark your calendars.
What do you think of Billy Crudup joining the cast of Alien: Covenant?