News Bits: Alien, Tiger, World, Teflon, Dory

Alien Covenant
Australian actor Alex England (“Gods of Egypt,” “Wild Boys,” “The Beautiful Lie”) has become a late addition to the cast of Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” at 20th Century Fox. Filming is slated to kick off next month.

Specifics of his role are unknown. He joins a cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez. [Source: Deadline]

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Released last Friday in China, the fantasy sequel “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny” has grossed $32 million – more than double the lifetime gross of Ang Lee’s first film in China. The take comes ahead of the international rollout with Netflix making the film available on the streaming service and in select cinemas from today in over 190 countries. [Source: BOM]

It’s a Small World
Tim Rasmussen & Vince Di Meglio (“License To Wed,” “Meet The Fockers”) have been hired to pen the script for Disney Pictures’ “It’s A Small World,” a family film based on the 50-year-old theme park attraction.

“National Treasure” director Jon Turteltaub is attached to helm the project, and specifics of how the ride will be turned into a feature narrative have not been made clear. Jared Stern worked on an earlier draft of the screenplay. [Source: Deadline]

Amy Pascal and Entertainment 360 have acquired the film rights to Mariah Blake’s book “Teflon” and have brought on Vanessa Taylor to pen the script. Pascal and Rachel O’Connor will produce.

The film centers on how the plastics industry covered up the toxic side-effects of common household items. Elements from two separate articles on news websites have also been acquired for the project. [Source: Variety]

Finding Dory
Disney has revealed a new TV spot for the upcoming Pixar-produced sequel “Finding Dory”. The new commercial comes ahead of the film’s full trailer which is scheduled to premiere on the Wednesday, March 2nd episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”. The film itself opens June 17th.