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When we learned that Danny McBride would have a major role in Alien: Covenant we thought we might be in for a significantly different Alien movie. It turns out, we're in for a significantly different Danny McBride. The actor is best known for comedy, so we fully expected that McBride's character would at least bring some gallows humor to what will surely be a dangerous and deadly affair. However, McBride says that's not the case. There's nothing funny about Alien: Covenant.
While many were surprised to hear Danny McBride's name attached to Ridley Scott's new Alien movie, it sounds like nobody was quite as surprised as McBride himself. The Eastbound and Down actor tells HitFix that when he realized that Ridley Scott wanted him for Alien: Covenant he fully expected to be the comic relief character. However, once he saw the plan for the film, everything changed.
I got the script and I'm like this shit is dark! There is no comic relief in this at all. This is a dark horror movie. That was exciting. To be able to step into something like that and to participate in a way that's not relying on things I'd done before.
So, while Alien: Covenant is something very different for Danny McBride, that appears to be the main reason he's excited to do it. We know that McBride will be playing the pilot of the spaceship in the film, the Covenant, from which the film gets its title. The ship is on a mission looking for habitable planets to colonize when they come across a world that seemingly has only a single inhabitant, David, the android played by Michael Fassbender in Prometheus.
The description of Alien: Covenant as a "dark horror movie" is likely music to the ears of fans of Rodley Scott's original film which kicked off the Alien franchise. While both it, and James Cameron's follow-up Aliens, are viewed as classics today, they are also very different films. If your preference is for the horror film rather than the space marine action movie, then Alien: Covenant sounds like a return to form.
There is still an additional Alien movie on the horizon as well, which sounds like it will be more of a follow-up to James Cameroin's Aliens. Sigourney Weaver is still very excited to make it happen. That project is being spearheaded by Neill Blomkamp, and while it was delayed to make room for Ridley Scott's project first, it still sounds like that one will come to us eventually.
Are you excited to see Danny McBride in a straight non-comedic role? It will certainly be a change from what we're used to, but it could also open up entirely new roles for the actor. We'll get our chance to see McBride play it straight when Alien: Covenant is released August 4, 2017.