Alien: Covenant's Danny McBride On His Role & Film's Practical Effects

Danny McBride confirms his role in Ridley Scott's upcoming Alien: Covenant and discusses the film's use of practical effects.

Alien: Covenant - Danny McBride and Ridley Scott

Nearly forty years after the original Alien film, director Ridley Scott will be delivering the next installment of the franchise to fans with Alien: Covenant, the highly anticipated sequel to Prometheus (2012). While rumored to incorporate direct links to the original series, the film is set ten years after the events in Prometheus, following the journey of the colony ship, Covenant - as it touches down on a dark, desolate world inhabited by the "synthetic," David (played by Prometheus' returning star, Michael Fassbender).

With production currently underway, news and teasers continue to trickle out about the film, including (most recently)a set photo showcasing Alien newcomer and funnyman, Danny McBride, in the cockpit of a spaceship. Now, a few weeks after the cryptic photo hit the Internet, McBride's upcoming role in Covenant is confirmed.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the comedian described his Alien: Covenant role as follows:

"I'm the pilot of the spaceship Covenant, which is a colonization ship, searching for a planet where we might start life anew. I run the ship."

Xenomorph in Alien

The actor, who can next be seen on the HBO comedy, Vice Principals, also offered a glimpse into the production process. With the current dependence of filmmakers on CGI and green screens, McBride's references to Covenant's practical effects are unusual, refreshing – and perhaps expected of a veteran director like Ridley Scott:

"I didn't know if it would be all green screen, but most of the stuff is practical effects: when you're running from an alien, it's really a dude in an alien suit coming after you! The sets are incredible and you're in them: we go through some inclement weather at one point on the spaceship and this whole gigantic set is on a gimbal, shaking up and down. You don't have to use your imagination."

While it remains to be seen whether McBride's role is serious or intended to stir up some comic relief in what otherwise looks to be a thrilling film, he did briefly recount his experience working with Ridley Scott, whose fast-paced directorial style meshes well with the quick-witted comedy McBride is used to.

"He's got so much energy, and he shoots everything with four cameras. We move through stuff fast. When I got here some people said, 'Oh man, he does two takes, three takes, tops,' but I love it."

In an age of dime-a-dozen sequels, time will tell whether Covenant lives up to its Alien roots, but McBride's latest comments (and his involvement with Covenant in the first place) seems to already be pointing the film in an interesting direction.

Alien: Covenant opens in U.S. theaters on August 4th, 2017.

Source: Rolling Stone

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