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Alien: Covenant Is Ditching Prometheus’ Main Character

Here are seven things we already know about Ridley Scott’s forthcoming Prometheus sequel, which begins shooting this very month.

1. It’s the second part in his planned Alien prequel trilogy.

2. It was originally called Alien: Paradise Lost, which is not a great name.

3. But that got changed to the slightly-better Alien: Covenant.

4. It’s already got a teaser poster (look up)—which serves as a nice throwback to Scott’s masterful 1979 originator.

5. And also a release date: October 6, 2017.

6. Fox provided a pretty vague official synopsis last November: “Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus—and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. 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.”

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7. Yet the synopsis made no mention of Prometheus’ sole human survivor, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Repace), who takes off on a giant ship with Fassbender’s decapitated android head at the end of the film. However, up until today she was still credited on IMDb.

Which brings us to today’s update, courtesy of A.V. Club and the Daily Mail. The reason Repace’s character was left out of Fox’s synopsis is because she won’t be in Alien: Covenant. In fact, Scott says he’s still casting the main roles. The decision behind her omission is  unclear, but we’ve just learned the new film will jump ahead 10 years after Prometheus. Additionally, Scott announced he’s already storyboarded the entire shoot, with “every planned camera shot from every angle.”

Prometheus had its share of flaws, but Repace’s character definitely was not one of them. That badass alien abortion sequence alone should’ve cemented her as the prequel trilogy’s Ellen Ripley.

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