Noomi Rapace Won’t Be In “Alien: Covenant”

Just before it’s scheduled to begin production, Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” is making a key change – getting rid of one of only two characters returning from “Prometheus”.

The Daily Mail (via Yahoo) reports that actress Noomi Rapace will not be returning for the film which is either one of two or three films set to bridge the gap between “Prometheus” and the original “Alien”.

The story is set a decade after the events of “Prometheus” and follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant who set out to find a paradise-like world – only to discover a cold, desolate, dark planet where the android David (Michael Fassbender) is the only inhabitant. Scott says he has most of the film already planned out with detailed storyboards that enable him to visualise each shot.

It has previously been suggested that Rapace’s Dr. Elizabeth Shaw character, the only survivor aside from David and last seen blasting off from LV-223 in an alien spacecraft, would only have a small appearance in the film – the character likely to have died before the events of the film and thus would only seen in recordings or flashback.

Her removal then would be a fairly easy thing to do and could well be due to story reasons, the script has reportedly undergone some re-writes in the lead-up to production which will take place in Sydney, Australia in the early part of this year ahead of an October 2017 release.