Photo Confirms James Franco Cast In Alien: Covenant as Ridley Scott Waits For The Batman

This will inevitably end in tears for all in sundry of Alien: Covenant. But before the blood begins to splatter and limbs start to fly every which way, the entire cast posed for a cozy photo together. A surprise inclusion came in the form of James Franco, draped in his attire alongside This Is The End co-star Danny McBride.

Filmmaker Ridley Scott took a long break from the franchise after he took the helm of the 1979 original Alien, seeing a number of installments pass him by until directing the 2012 prequel Prometheus. Grossing $403.3m worldwide, 20th Century Fox are banking on some added star power with the addition of Franco to ensure the follow up does just as well commercially, if not better critically speaking.

Alien: Covenant Crew

Getting Freaky With Franco

This offering from 20th Century Fox is titled "AC_LastSup_group," intimating that they are taking cues from the Leonardo da Vinci mural painting depicting Jesus' Twelve Disciples. The Italian's 15th Century work illustrated the savoir's collection of loyal followers with the man that would betray him in Judas - is this a clue?

Leading into the events of the very first film in the series, it is clear that the colony ship Covenant is destined to be doomed as the creatures roam free in their vessel. But as the synopsis explains, it will be Michael Fassbender's duel role as David/Walter that will provide the key protagonist of the piece.

"Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which includes Walter, a rebuild of the android David, a survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition, find what they believe to be an uncharted paradise. However, said 'paradise' soon reveals itself to be nothing but a terrifyingly dangerous and hellish world inhabited by the original David, and monstrous creatures that start to hunt them."

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Ridley Scott Alien: Covenant

With Matt Reeves out of contention and Ben Affleck walking away from The Batman, it appears like the position that nobody wants in the director's chair for the DC installment remains vacant. Although he has sounded less than enthusiastic over the prospect in the past, reports have emerged that the 79-year old is hanging by the phone should the call come through.

The Blade Runner architect would be just the type of name Warner Brothers would love to secure, but fitting him into the larger framework and agreeing on creative principles could be a whole other issue to contemplate. Watch this space though, because the project will be going forward and someone has to accept an offer.

Source: THR, MovieWeb