Ridley Scott burst onto the Hollywood scene in 1979 with Alien, a film that successfully launched a sci-fi franchise that has explored nearly every idea, both good and bad, that they can think of. However, when Fox wanted to hand control over to Neill Blomkamp, Scott stepped in to pitch his direction for the franchise. Instead of retconning the events of later Alien movies, he decided to go in the direction of a prequel in the form of Prometheus, which included Michael Fassbender as the mysterious android David among the new cast members.
He was one of the few surviving members of the cast at the end of Prometheus, making him a prime candidate to return in Alien: Covenant. However, David will not be his only role in the movie as he confirmed he will double as another android, Walter. This begged the question what makes them different, and according to Fassbender he is more of a straightforward robot in comparison.
ComingSoon had the chance to interview Fassbender recently and ask him about his multiple roles in Alien: Covenant. He says that David and Walter are ultimately different because of their design, or unfinished design in David's case.
I think Walter’s a real different kettle of fish. David was definitely a work-in-progress, somewhat of a prototype I suppose. The elements of him that were the human elements I think people found a little disturbing, so Walter’s more of a straightforward robot. Pretty logical, much more of a servant without the ego.
While it has not yet been confirmed how Walter factors into the story, it appears to be clear that he will be a member of the crew onboard the Covenant ship, helping out captain Danny McBride and potentially co-captain James Franco as well. Now that more information has been unveiled as to how Fassbender's roles differentiate themselves from one another, it should be interesting to watch how each is similar in nature as well.
Walter sounds as though he will serve more of a typical role for a robot, following orders and such, which should be a far contrast for David. Hopefully, Fassbender is still able to bring some level of emotion to Walter to make him a likable character and not take a backseat to his counterpart. However, that may be unlikely given David's repeatedly showing a desire to do as he wants more so than listen to others. This brought David into many interesting, yet dangerous, situations in Prometheus, and his evolution from then till the events of Covenant could be a major focus for his character.
For now, fans of the property and Fassbender will have to wait until a trailer to figure out just how different Walter and David are. But multiple roles should point to even more screen time for Fassbender, which if he has proven anything in the past, should be to the benefit of the movie.
- Alien: Covenant (2017) release date: May 19, 2017
- Alien 5 release date: Sep 18, 2018