The cat is finally out of the bag. James Franco will star in Alien: Covenant as the captain of the USCSS COVENANT colony ship. His casting was originally kept under wraps for reasons unknown. We can confirm through our own sources that this initial report by AvPGalaxy is not a rumor.
We also know his character's name is Branson and that he will act as the husband to Katherine Waterston's character Daniels. His screentime will not be as prevalent as some of the other cast, however and will appear primarily at the beginning of the film and briefly near the end.
Interestingly enough, Franco had also tried his luck at Shane Black's upcoming Predator sequel, but dropped out to pursue other interests.
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Wow I don't know how they kept that a secret. He's definitely toast though lol. Maybe he's the one who gets bursted near the end during the shower scene.
I could see him and Waterson thinking that their ok after battling some aliens and then bam a Alien bursts out of his back which turns Waterson into the badass of the series. Although before Franco dies I bet he gets Daniels (Waterson) pregnant with our one and only Ripley.
The only reason I keep thinking that Daniels is her mother is because her name is just Daniels on IMDB. Plus this secret casting makes me believe it even further. I bet Franco's last name is revealed at the end as Ripley.
Well, if he's going to be Daniels's husband, I probably see him sacrificing himself to save his wife, as they've mentioned before. Or maybe roll a semi novel as it was to have originally with Ripley and Dallas in the first movie. If that's what it is, Daniels would have left alive and will find out she's pregnant later. The last name of the two is still a secret, one of them will be the connection with Ripley, Daniels we can assume it will be her mother, remains to know who gives the name? Is it Daniels Ripley or Branson Ripley?
Maybe that explosion might be at the beginning of the movie. Covenant must be anchored as Nostromo stayed in ALIEN. After the repairs that come make the escape of the planet! However during the temporary stay in the same, they find David and the Xenos. And Shawn? Naomi made recordings, but nothing about her has been mentioned to this day.
Mhm I don't know what I should think about the fact that there are quite well known actors. In Prometheus I just knew Fassbender. Now we have actors like Demian Bichir, Danny McBride, James Franco and of course Rapace... Pearce..
Tbh when I first heard this I thought it was a joke. But, indeed it's legit. I suspect Franco stays on the ship and that's why we don't see much of him. Most of the film likely takes place on the planet's surface. I do kind of see him dying by Alien burst however, for dramatic effect.
I like Franco, I like Alien.. together in the same movie? Eh... the jury is going to be out until I see it.
However, with he and McBride together I would be remissed if they didn't pounce on the chance to give them the best stoner scene in sci-fi history.
Scene set inside the ship's hangar.
Their characters are busy toking up to ease the tension and fear. Suddenly, they see the Alien emerge from across the room; they look at it, then look at each other. Franco in his usual stoner voice; "hey....you think we should give him a hit?" McBride laughs and eggs him on to do it. The Alien takes its time approaching them and when it comes close, it stops to observe their weird behavior. Puzzled by their lack of fear, the Alien just stands there allowing them to talk to it some more. Franco offers the doobie to the Alien, the Alien then smacks it away and devours them.
I would totally laugh my ass off if that happened. Yes it would probably cheapen the movie as a whole, but that would be worth the price of admission!
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