Filming kicks off on Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” in Australia in April with the likes of Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez set to star.
Out doing promotional rounds for the home video release of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” Bichir spoke to Movieweb about the filming commitment and indicates the shoot is expected to be four months with no official start date yet set:
“That’s in discussions as we speak, with production. We don’t know exact dates yet, all I know is it’s going to be a long shoot, almost like The Hateful Eight. It took five months to shoot The Hateful Eight. We spent a couple of months in the mountains, and a couple of months in a studio in Los Angeles, and this will go for about another four months or so. I have very little details at this point, but we will get there. I’m sure we will get together and read, rehearse, everything.”
The film is set ten years after the events of “Prometheus” and follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant who, while journeying to a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers a dark, dangerous world. Bichir wouldn’t say anything about what character he’s playing, but he is excited to work with Scott:
“Well, I can only say that it’s just one of those blessings that any actor hopes for. I’ve been lucky to work with some heavyweights and the journey that I’m going to be able to jump in this spaceship with Ridley is, without a doubt one of the icons in international, universal movie-making.
Many of his films marked me personally as an actor, as an artist, and just to be able to share this adventure with him, just the fact that he invited you to be a part of it, that alone is a privilege. That’s something you’re always grateful for. I’m looking forward to it. I’m jumping on a plane tomorrow, so the adventure will begin tomorrow.”
“Alien: Covenant” is either the first or second film (still uncertain at this time) in a prequel trilogy that will eventually lead into the events of the original “Alien”. It’s due for release late 2017.