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Benjamin Rigby Talks Alien: Covenant

Benjamin Rigby talks Alien: Covenant. Following the announcement of his castingInside Film posted an interview with Benjamin Rigby regarding his role and casting in the upcoming Prometheus sequel. He also talks a little bit about Alien: Covenant itself (no spoilers):

“Because there’s an end result being the original Alien, it has to connect. People can expect similar things to happen, it is an Alien franchise [film]. It does translate. Obviously it’s a completely different cast – Noomi isn’t in it. I think it goes from the first to second one pretty fluidly”.

Benjamin Rigby Talks Alien: Covenant in an interview with Inside Film. Picture from The Plague. Benjamin Rigby Talks Alien: Covenant

Benjamin Rigby Talks Alien: Covenant in an interview with Inside Film. Picture from The Plague.

Whilst he doesn’t reveal a character name, Rigby does disclose that his character has an important role to play in the film: “I’ve read the whole script, and it’s great, I really like it. I have a great character. I’d say it’s a sizable role. It’s a good plot device. My favourite roles to play are plot devices.”

The interview also suggests that Bill Crudup has indeed landed a role on the film, following the news that the Watchmen actor was in negotiations to star in Alien: Covenant. Inside Film also confirms that Benjamin Rigby will start shooting on Alien: Covenant on the fourth of April.

Thanks to Stolen for the news.



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  1. T Dog
    Interview with Benjamin Rigby via Uncanny Valley forum people
    http://if.com.au/2016/03/16/article/Australian-actor-Benjamin-Rigby-to-star-in-Ridley-Scotts-Alien-Covenant/LGQHCFJMGU.html#.VujX34Iv1r8.twitter

    "I got an audition for this, and at the time I thought I'm not going to get this, it's bloody Ridley Scott. [But] It's usually the ones that you're not as invested in that you tend to get. I did that in October and I got a phone call in January, and I'd forgotten all about it".

    The actor gets on a plane for Sydney this Friday to begin rehearsals - and meet Scott for the first time.

    "I've read the whole script, and it's great, I really like it. I have a great character".

    "I'd say it's a sizable role. It's a good plot device. My favourite roles to play are plot devices" (laughs).

    Given that 'Alien' is back in the title, will the new film be a continuation of 2012's Prometheus or something different?

    "Because there's an end result being the original Alien, it has to connect. People can expect similar things to happen, it is an Alien franchise [film]. It does translate. Obviously it's a completely different cast - Noomi isn't in it. I think it goes from the first to second one pretty fluidly".
  2. LordCassusSnow
    When i saw this guys face i was like, well i think he could be an android! It would be interesting seeing David react to a newer model of droid though. Maybe David gets jealous of the new model and kills him? Or maybe he's a Weyland exec, or maybe even Weyland's next of kin?
  3. LordCassusSnow
    I'm pretty sure that photo was taken as part of the hologram scene and not something that occurs after the events of the movie. I actually have that still saved from a while back. Think about it though, the engineers were wiped out at LV-223 2000 years ago. Ridley has stated that engineer tech changes as we go from the saucer-like craft at the beginning of Prometheus to the juggernaut ships at the end. So why wouldn't their suits change especially after 2000 years? Thats just silly. Also, why go back now? If the signal on LV-421 is a warning that there was an outbreak and to stay away, then why do the complete opposite and go anyway? Given the engineers went back to earth after the outbreak, i still dont see them returning to a site of extreme contamination and not turn off the warning signal after they got there. Especielly if there was some kind of civil war between the "faithful" engineers and the "rebels". I do agree that theres a creator though. Like a big Cthulu xeno god would be f**kin awesome!
  4. oduodu
    Enoch

    Thanks man for posting that! The elders who spoke to the sacrificial engineer was on lv 223 ?! Well you know what I mean not literally the same ones but that the elders was on lv 223 at the time of the outbreak.  That changes everything. I am assuming the one wearing the cape is an elder like the one in the unused scene who spoke to the  sacrificial engineer.

    Sorry that was a bit off topic

    BUT I had to respond to that.

    It's great to hear that the script is a good one. That makes me very happy.


    #sighs content#

    Nope I looked at it - doesn't look like elders sorry.

    Enoch could you post this picture in the best pictures of Prometheus thread ??
  5. oduodu
    Or Maybe they are divided into castes or factions...we have the angels of life traveling in a flying saucer...and the angels of death traveling on a space croissant  :laugh:

    Probably...

    We then have this photo showing that some Engineers (with robes) visited lv-223 after all events that led to outbreak...
    This scene was intended to be a part of hologram viewed by David in orrery room, but it was droped out...
    http://i.imgur.com/oi8lecf.jpg

    You can see how they inspect holes on pods...

    Is this a joke ?? Is that picture real ? Is it an actual unused scene ?
  6. Enoch
    It was when you made up that story about the still and then telling us what the still was really meant for. Now for your so called "facts" ::) . Facts are bud, that if you throw "possibly" in your facts you can say just about anything. Also, how is it a fact engineers went back to lv223? Or earth since your contradicting yourself AGAIN?(You know you said lv223 then earth right?) Wheres the evidence in the movie? Wheres the statement from Ridley? Show us a picture or quote that isnt fan fiction.

    Facts or probabilities it's irrelevant... we are just speculating I'm not telling that anything is certain!
    But these are the facts from movie:

    http://i.imgur.com/p0BlSAK.jpg
    Isle of Skye – 35020 BCE
    Sumerian – 8590 BCE
    Egyptian – 2470 BCE
    Hittite – 1760 BCE
    Babylonian – 1540 BCE
    Mayan – 620 CE
    Hawaiian – 680 CE


    Obiously those two are after lv-223 outbreak... Is it a fact? Yes!
    Events in Prometheus took place in 2093, Engineers on LV-223 are dead for 2000 years,
    so 2093-2000=93 and those two artefacts above were created a couple of centuries after that...
    Once again it's just a curiosity... Maybe it's relevant, maybe it's not...

    And scene on a photo showing engineers in robes obviously took place after the outbreak (there are holes in pods!)...
    But that scene never was in a movie, so I presume that its irrelevant!

    I hope you thought about this...?

    P.S.
    Watching this interview, we can speculate that Engineers did not create first Xeno... so somebody else did that (who?)!
    Engineers are just a race of servants to somebody above (my speculation), and one groupe of them rebelled against that ultimate boss...

    https://youtu.be/zInLxITvRBo?t=23m44s
  7. LordCassusSnow
    It was when you made up that story about the still and then telling us what the still was really meant for. Now for your so called "facts" ::) . Facts are bud, that if you throw "possibly" in your facts you can say just about anything. Also, how is it a fact engineers went back to lv223? Or earth since your contradicting yourself AGAIN?(You know you said lv223 then earth right?) Wheres the evidence in the movie? Wheres the statement from Ridley? Show us a picture or quote that isnt fan fiction.
  8. Enoch
    I like how Enoch totally spewed out his own fan fiction and then contradicted himself with the facts! lol

    Well thats fan fiction... :laugh: ;D Where did I specifically contradict my theories with the facts?

    Facts are that there are possibliy someone above Engineers, facts are that there are two groups of Engineers... Its also a fact that Engineers did visited Earth after events on lv-223... which can suggest that there are indeed two groups.

    Who made first egg and xeno... creature on the mural with the beak and thorn elbow... I would bet on it.
    http://i.imgur.com/lZID56t.jpg
  9. LordCassusSnow
    Also, sorry if this has been discussed, but is this movie sounding kinda like Halo 4? Havnt played it but from what i understand a large colony ship is sent out, crashes on an alien world and is threatened not only by strange alien creatures but also ancient beings known as Prometheans?

    Crazy Shrimp, that theory is absolutely mind blowing! I love it because Dan O'Bannon had a similar idea for his alien's back story. But i probably dont need to tell you ;D
  10. Crazy Shrimp
    Or Maybe they are divided into castes or factions...we have the angels of life traveling in a flying saucer...and the angels of death traveling on a space croissant  :laugh:

    Probably...

    We then have this photo showing that some Engineers (with robes) visited lv-223 after all events that led to outbreak...
    This scene was intended to be a part of hologram viewed by David in orrery room, but it was droped out...
    http://i.imgur.com/oi8lecf.jpg

    You can see how they inspect holes on pods...

    Sabotage on LV-223? could be signs of war...

    Also, perhaps the creation of a paradise like the Earth and its inhabitants (humans for example) is the reproductive cycle of the Engineers. Humans may have evolved to become the "new Engineers". When the evolutionary leap happens, humans lose their sexuality and become hermaphrodites. Perhaps that is why the Black Goo reacts differently in human and Engineers. And with our impure and primitive genetic, we create monsters. Since we are not ready to use the tool of life (something like the forbidden fruit)
  11. LordCassusSnow
    I like how Enoch totally spewed out his own fan fiction and then contradicted himself with the facts! lol Anyway i agree with the corporal in that David will end up in some kind of bio suit but since someone else is saying this movie will back up into Alien im wondering if Alien is meant to be the third movie? Maybe we'll find out Shaw isn't on some other journey and David will reveal he killed her after acquiring a new body. Also, Ridley has stated before that the engineers in the beginning of Prometheus were the good and the ones towards the end were rebels. You know, keeping with the old religious stuff ;)
  12. Enoch
    Or Maybe they are divided into castes or factions...we have the angels of life traveling in a flying saucer...and the angels of death traveling on a space croissant  :laugh:

    Probably...

    We then have this photo showing that some Engineers (with robes) visited lv-223 after all events that led to outbreak...
    This scene was intended to be a part of hologram viewed by David in orrery room, but it was droped out...
    http://i.imgur.com/oi8lecf.jpg

    You can see how they inspect holes on pods...
  13. Crazy Shrimp
    Isle of Skye – 35020 BCE
    Sumerian – 8590 BCE
    Egyptian – 2470 BCE
    Hittite – 1760 BCE
    Babylonian – 1540 BCE
    Mayan – 620 CE
    Hawaiian – 680 CE


    Those are the artefacts from the beginnign of the movie, last two dates are interesting. We know that thing on LV-223 happened some 2000 years ago; so 2093 year of Prometheus landing on lv-223 - 2000 = 93, and now look at those last two dates... Engineers visited Earth after all those happenings??? Well, they afterall didnt want to destroy humans at all???

    Or Maybe they are divided into castes or factions...we have the angels of life traveling in a flying saucer...and the angels of death traveling on a space croissant  :laugh:
  14. Enoch
    Isle of Skye – 35020 BCE
    Sumerian – 8590 BCE
    Egyptian – 2470 BCE
    Hittite – 1760 BCE
    Babylonian – 1540 BCE
    Mayan – 620 CE
    Hawaiian – 680 CE


    Those are the artefacts from the beginnign of the movie, last two dates are interesting. We know that thing on LV-223 happened some 2000 years ago; so 2093 year of Prometheus landing on lv-223 - 2000 = 93, and now look at those last two dates... Engineers visited Earth after all those happenings??? Well, they afterall didnt want to destroy humans at all???

  15. Enoch
    What if Covenant crew just find Davids body with severed head and his part of memory is somehow integrated within Engineers technology... maybe we ll have Davids hologram and body with a head as separate entities ...

    This is a sentance from an interview with Ridley (December 3 2015):
    Quote
    He adds that the fate of Shaw and David 8 will be further explored in the follow-up to Covenant...


  16. The Eighth Passenger

    Quote
    I'm not entirely sure if I get to work with Fassbender. I'm really excited to work with Katherine Waterston, she's a stellar actor. She's amazing in Inherent Vice".  The actor he's most excited to work with, however, is Crudup.

    He wont work with Fassbender???
    Opinions? He will work with actors who play Covenant crew, but will not work with Fassbender.
    Well we know that Covenant crew will find David in Paradise, so how possible is that someone whose charachter is important in terms of story is not going to meet with David? If we presume that the discovery of David is early in the film, then how is possible that Rigby's charachter is not going to interact with David at all?  Are there two separate storylines in movie? If there are multiple Davids in the movie, how is possible that Rigby will not work with Fassbender? Puzzling questions?

    It maybe possible that David isn't found until later on or only by specific individuals.

    I guess that rules out the possibility that the "other" David is an android serving aboard the Covenant.
  17. Enoch
    Quote
    Similar things - maybe in terms of Alien movie crucial elements... crew find something they are not familiar with in a claustrophobic closed space (facilities, temples, ships) and then the terror begins... I wrote that Ridley is done with cat and mouse story (he said that one month ago), well thats because he now wants to exploer philospohical dimension of Xeno existance and he possibly wants to connect beast's story with our story and perheaps with Engineers, David and maybe someone we are yet to see... So all this doesnt exclude action and Xeno chasing some of the crew or other creatures. It is afterall the point of the movie... horror and chaos! We ll see all the stages of the beast and there will be some serious horror, but the story will not be focused on horror but on existential questions Prometheus asked (beast itself is used up as Ridley himself said, but its purpose is not... so REASONS of creations and its CREATOR will be crucual story to explore in next three)! What Ridley all along wanted is to lift the meaning of the creature. It is a bio-weapon, but the purpose of that weapon is existential and philospohical in its nature and is ultimately connected with all he introduced in Prometheus and is about to introduce in coming movies... Religious elements are very important. So Xeno is a weapon, but its purpose is grand and is connected with Engineers, humans and its creator is someone we dont expect...

    I want to hear opinions about this? Do you think that beats itself, without deeper meaning is used up. I think that all those philosohpical questions Ridley imposed and that he wants to connect with Xeno are phenomenal way to make Xeno all the more terrifying. If Ridley succeed to connect Xenos story with ultimate story of creation of humans and with story of Gods, then Xeno will become more than just a perfect organism (bio-weapon) and beautiful beast... I think that he will give us answers in those three movies, but at the very end he will leave us with major mystery for ourselves to contemplate...

    P.S.Prometheus was great at imposing question, it is beautifully filmed movie, visually stunning but it failed to deliver answers... 0% ANSWERS!
    Prometheus did phenomenal job of reigniting the story, so I always watch on Prometheus like on overture to the new symphony. You heard some familiar melodies and some new intriguing sounds, but the major thing is coming in the next movement! ;)

    Prometheus have issues with characters and some plot details but all its flaws doesn't make it a bad movie, on the contrary it is the greatest opener for the new set of movies with deeper story elements! Prometheus ultimately is just a transition to higher level of story... thats it.
  18. Corporal Hicks
    Noomi isnt in it. I m ok with that, but explanation is needed!

    I'm still expecting this to be a mystery to solve in the film or she's just gotten rid of.


    Quote
    I'm not entirely sure if I get to work with Fassbender. I'm really excited to work with Katherine Waterston, she's a stellar actor. She's amazing in Inherent Vice".  The actor he's most excited to work with, however, is Crudup.

    He wont work with Fassbender???
    Opinions? He will work with actors who play Covenant crew, but will not work with Fassbender.
    Well we know that Covenant crew will find David in Paradise, so how possible is that someone whose charachter is important in terms of story is not going to meet with David? If we presume that the discovery of David is early in the film, then how is possible that Rigby's charachter is not going to interact with David at all?  Are there two separate storylines in movie? If there are multiple Davids in the movie, how is possible that Rigby will not work with Fassbender? Puzzling questions?

    It maybe possible that David isn't found until later on or only by specific individuals.
  19. Enoch
    Great!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Noomi isnt in it. I m ok with that, but explanation is needed!

    Quote
    I'm not entirely sure if I get to work with Fassbender. I'm really excited to work with Katherine Waterston, she's a stellar actor. She's amazing in Inherent Vice".  The actor he's most excited to work with, however, is Crudup.

    He wont work with Fassbender???
    Opinions? He will work with actors who play Covenant crew, but will not work with Fassbender.
    Well we know that Covenant crew will find David in Paradise, so how possible is that someone whose charachter is important in terms of story is not going to meet with David? If we presume that the discovery of David is early in the film, then how is possible that Rigby's charachter is not going to interact with David at all?  Are there two separate storylines in movie? If there are multiple Davids in the movie, how is possible that Rigby will not work with Fassbender? Puzzling questions?

    Quote
    "Because there's an end result being the original Alien, it has to connect. People can expect similar things to happen, it is an Alien franchise [film]. It does translate. Obviously it's a completely different cast - Noomi isn't in it. I think it goes from the first to second one pretty fluidly".

    So it HAS to connect! It means that the movie will focus on Prometheus story about Engineers but will now explore more of Xeno origin story. I dont fully understand what he means by saying this: People can expect similar things to happen...? What similar things? When he says: "I think it goes from the first to second one pretty fluidly", well that obviously proved that the focus will be on the story Prometheus started (+emphasis on Xeno as it was originaly intended)  but what happened to Shaw then?

    "It does translate" - From Prometheus storyline to Alien...?

    Similar things - maybe in terms of Alien movie crucial elements... crew find something they are not familiar with in a claustrophobic closed space (facilities, temples, ships) and then the terror begins... I wrote that Ridley is done with cat and mouse story (he said that one month ago), well thats because he now wants to exploer philospohical dimension of Xeno existance and he possibly wants to connect beast's story with our story and perheaps with Engineers, David and maybe someone we are yet to see... So all this doesnt exclude action and Xeno chasing some of the crew or other creatures. It is afterall the point of the movie... horror and chaos! We ll see all the stages of the beast and there will be some serious horror, but the story will not be focused on horror but on existential questions Prometheus asked (beast itself is used up as Ridley himself said, but its purpose is not... so REASONS of creations and its CREATOR will be crucual story to explore in next three)! What Ridley all along wanted is to lift the meaning of the creature. It is a bio-weapon, but the purpose of that weapon is existential and philospohical in its nature and is ultimately connected with all he introduced in Prometheus and is about to introduce in coming movies... Religious elements are very important. So Xeno is a weapon, but its purpose is grand and is connected with Engineers, humans and its creator is someone we dont expect...
  20. Corporal Hicks
    Haha. It literally was by about 5 minutes too.  :laugh:

    I've posted this one up on the front page now. It's nice to see someone new talk about Covenant. No massive details revealed in this but still. The interview also suggests that the Bill Crudup casting is a done deal which pleases me!  :)
  21. Stolen
    ITV : Australian actor Benjamin Rigby to star in Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant

    http://if.com.au/2016/03/16/article/Australian-actor-Benjamin-Rigby-to-star-in-Ridley-Scotts-Alien-Covenant/LGQHCFJMGU.html

    Quote
    "It's pretty insane"
    "I've known since January, and it has been exceptionally difficult to keep it quiet. My mum and my workplace had to know, but it's been hard"
    "I got an audition for this, and at the time I thought I'm not going to get this, it's bloody Ridley Scott. [But] It's usually the ones that you're not as invested in that you tend to get. I did that in October and I got a phone call in January, and I'd forgotten all about it".

    The actor gets on a plane for Sydney this Friday to begin rehearsals - and meet Scott for the first time.

    "I've read the whole script, and it's great, I really like it. I have a great character".
    "I'd say it's a sizable role. It's a good plot device. My favourite roles to play are plot devices"

    Given that 'Alien' is back in the title, will the new film be a continuation of 2012's Prometheus or something different?
    "Because there's an end result being the original Alien, it has to connect. People can expect similar things to happen, it is an Alien franchise [film]. It does translate. Obviously it's a completely different cast - Noomi isn't in it. I think it goes from the first to second one pretty fluidly".

    The actor starts shooting on the fourth of April, and is excited about sharing the floor with Scott and the rest of the cast, including fellow Australian Alexander England (Gods of Egypt).

    "I hope Ridley likes my work and that we can share a language together. I'm not entirely sure if I get to work with Fassbender.
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