Jussie Smollet is returning to the silver screen in Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant'
February 25, 2016 at 9:48 am
Empire’s Jussie Smollet will be at the movies, on the silver screen next year in the Ridley Scott directed Alien: Covenant.
This film is the sequel to the 2012 Prometheus, also directed by Scott, a science fiction thriller about a quest led by two young scientists to ascertain mankind’s origins on earth. Their journey leads them aboard the spaceship Prometheus, where they discover evidence of an advanced, intelligent race with weapons that could destroy civilization.
With the first movie being received fairly well by critics and consumers, making 404.4 million in the box office, this next installment will be highly anticipated as more information surfaces before it hits theaters on October 6, 2017. Currently, the story and characters are a mystery. Smollet will be on screen joining the ensemble of Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir, Danny McBride, and Michael Fassbender who will reprise his role as the android David.
Alien: Covenant and its predecessor are both additions to the beginning of this franchise, Ridley Scott’s Alien, which had three sequels after in 1986, 1992 and 1997. This continuation of stories in the Alien universe give the director and cast of actors a wealth of history and context to play with in the new film.
Ridley Scott gave fans some hints about what they could expect in a previous interview, where he said, “There was always this discussion: Is Alien, the character, the beast, played out or not? We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy”, referring to Xenomorphs, the biological weapons created by the race of aliens discovered by the previous cast of scientists.
This is a great chance for Jussie Smollet to establish himself as a household name with film studios in Hollywood. And it’s also a win for PoC representation in film and entertainment. Whether Alien: Covenant will be a hit and if Jussie will bring the heat can only be speculated at this point. But, before then you can catch him back on FOX when Empire returns on March 30th.