Ridley Scott is finally back at work on Prometheus 2, which is now known as Alien: Covenant (indeed, they slightly seem to be trying to pretend Prometheus never happened), and he’s now casting who will appear alongside Michael Fassbender in the film. While it appears Noomi Rapace will have a small role, it appears shes passing the main female lead role across to Katherine Waterston, who’s now in final talks for the part.
Covenant isn’t completely ignoring Prometheus, as it will follow what happened after Fassbender and Rapace left the alien planet, in search of the engineers that apparently created the human race. However, the early info suggests something has happened to Rapace’s Shaw, leaving Fassbender’s David alone. They then rendezvous with another ship, and it won’t be surprising to hear they end up with a bit of a xenomorph issue, with Scott already promising that the classic aliens will be making a return. We’ll also get to find out what disaster befel the engineers.
There have been some suggestions that Steve Jobs and Inherent Vice star Waterston may be playing Ellen Ripley’s grandmother in the movie, although that hasn’t been confirmed. It’s expected the movie will shoot next year, for release in 2017.