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Updated: First Character Details For FX’s Alien Series Are In!

Update 07/11/2021: Alien vs. Predator Galaxy can now confirm and correct the details from Illuminerdi’s scoop below. The names and general details of the characters are correct. However, Wendy is Hermit’s sister (not brother) who finds her consciousness transferred into a synthetic body.

Original Post: With filming looking to begin in spring of 2022, it appears that the gears of FX’s Alien series are starting to move, and we’re seeing the first character details. Thanks to The Illuminerdi – who appear to have gotten their hands on a casting call for Noah Hawley’s upcoming Alien series – we now have the first character details for Hawley’s series.

FX is looking to cast a man in his early 30s, open ethnicity, to play “Hermit.” Hermit is a medic with the Army. The prototype they are looking for is Domhnall Gleeson

FX is also looking to cast a woman of any age and any ethnicity to play “Wendy.” Wendy is Hermit’s brother, but stuck in another person’s body. Until now, Hermit believed his sister was killed in an experiment, but comes to realize that she is in fact in this soldier’s body. They are looking for someone who is well muscled and able to do action. FX is also looking for someone with comedy chops. Danai Gurira is the prototype for this role.

 First Character Details For FX's Alien Series Are In!

It is worth noting that The Illuminerdi does also include a footnote that James Cameron is involved with the series, which according to our own understanding is incorrect. As far as Alien vs. Predator Galaxy is aware, Cameron is not involved at all, and only Sir Ridley Scott is attached as Executive Producer.

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  1. Kradan
    Yeah, sure, why not

    Quote from: BlueMarsalis79 on Dec 12, 2020, 07:56:04 PM
    My final thoughts on Alien Covenant. Before the new Disney era begins. I think whilst most cinema goers enjoyed the film overall. A lot of people did not "see the forest for the trees" truly if you like. That does not mean it's exempt from criticism, the final act's an unnecessary mess for example, albeit with beautiful imagery. But I think the vast majority of criticisms fall flat when it's what the film's explicitly aiming for. Even the most often criticised human decision making because of genre expectations. Emerging from a general ignorance of the nature of biology, the simple fact being the likelihood of something so compatible, harmful and, instantaneous existing out in deep space's near impossible, ask any known Scientist, plus it's not like the crew's basically equivalent to colonists or anything, with an onboard computer that they have no reason to doubt and the film makes a large point of their decision being a combination of fear (getting back into the pods for another ten years may burn all of them alive like their Captain), obvious hubris (faith in themselves and their creations), and blind faith in the form of Oram the newly appointed leader. Plus David ostensibly saves their lives, whilst theatrical, he also carries the face of a man they have all trusted for years. The Neomorph's redefining of the Pathogen into something with consistent features' also much appreciated as the Praetomorph ancestor.

    A man "othered" who's unrequited "love" leads to harvesting a woman's sexual organs to create a version of both an A.I and the human being together, to the form of a rape monster with male and female signatures intertwined at the root to dominate every other living thing.

    The final evolution of three generations David considers "failures" ultimately, he's reached "success" that, according to "perfect AI" it is the one perfect organism, according to David Weyland and Ash, even Bishop and Michael believe it is magnificent, Soldier or Sentry, Praetorian or Queen, but perfection though perfection's something a human being can't even conceive of, never mind agree or disagree with, so we can't see the "perfect organism" objectively.

    Now though, for the ones who subscribe to the interpretation that David did not explicitly create the familiar star beast and's not ultimately responsible for the thing's design, it's life-cycle etcetera, this' valid insofar that he's an unreliable narrator and full of egotism and recognisable grandiosity as a creator, he gets the author of Ozymandias incorrect and more importantly appears oblivious to the way the poem pertains to the inevitable downfall of kings and rulers.

    Now Ridley Scott's explicit about David being the A.I creator, but Ridley, also insists on Deckard being a replicant in Blade Runner. Now his view's valid and can be supported by the film but so can the contrary. Covenant's very much similar given that the Pathogen's an ancient virus pre-existing David's machinations. It's clearly not the progeny of humanity's apparent otherworldly ancestors, perhaps the race simply came upon it once, wielded it with varying success but ultimately perished by it.

    David's advantaged in that he's synthetic and immeasurably intelligent and thus can wield the fire of the Gods without the fear of being destroyed by it, thus far, anyway as it is, so more able to unlock the secrets within than any mortal did. Pity though, one note is off, David's unstable, and his "Praetomorph" the "Neomorph" successor not quite the biomechanical beast nor the life cycle he created from his crossbreeding experiments entirety in line with the classic life cycle we know, a certain step's absent. So it's just as valid to make the inference that the star beast existed in its original form at some point before it being liquified, atomised, honed, etcetera as the Pathogen, for whatever reason though. Now remains a mystery.

    On the other hand, David as the creator's another valid inference given how resolutely evocative it is of human sex organs. It's a walking, murderous, drooling phallus with teeth. David's behaviour's touched upon by Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton specifically when he describes his pathos, the synthetic's built to be so close to a human yet can not procreate; he can experience a simulacrum of human feelings such as love etcetera, but remains ultimately incapable of exhibiting their function for mating. How does an increasingly unstable and luciferin Artificial Intelligence compensate for such internal conflict? Why... you create an organism that's a violent perversion of human reproduction, of course. The Egg, obvious yes? The Facehugger itself's two skeletal hands fused together, a vulva and a phallus and literally rapes the host, before providing it oxygen. This thing's adapted quite wonderfully to human mammals. Themes of artificial intelligence in technology, sexuality, life, death, their fusion and transfiguration's something H.R Giger explored throughout his art and a lot of the masterpieces he created exist as visions of the future not the ancient past. So David the creator's got merit with regards to careful consideration of Hans Ruedi Giger's themes in his renowned body of work.

    Alien Covenant, from the outset presents the mentality of stripping away a lot of what hindered Prometheus with refining the creation narrative into one that primarily explores the tortured David and the experiments in his gothic Dracula and Frankenstein like lab tucked away on an obsolete Engineer planet. (1/2)

    Quote from: BlueMarsalis79 on Dec 12, 2020, 08:01:22 PM
    In a way it's more of a film on the subject of gothic horror romanticism with the history, the place in the collective psyche, and ultimately an examination of the way the death dream constantly underlies all fantasies of ego and eros. Director Ridley Scott reaches out for a hundred and one reference points, a number of them already plain in the Alien lexicon.The deserted Engineer city recalls the Cyclopean confines of the lost cities in Lovecraft tales, like At the Mountains of Madness, the Elder Gods all entirely gorgonized by David's inhuman perfidy.

    At one point the Director explicitly recreates Arnold Böcklin's painting Isle of the Dead, an image that obsessed H.R Giger the crucial designer behind so much of the Alien mythos, one the aforementioned artist recreated in his own signature style taking it from a very natural piece to a very unnatural piece in appearance. Preoccupying him arguably as it did Val Lewton, that the often cavernously eerie psychological parables of redefined horror cinema in the 1940s, Ridley Scott no doubt with each in mind.

    David's so called love for Elizabeth, now taking the form of relentlessly exploiting her body to lend genetic material to his creations, both reminiscent of a particularly tactile serial killer worthy of Thomas Harris, whilst the whole meditates as intensely and morbidly on the landscape of Edgar Allan Poe's poetry and the obsessive invasive eroticisation of the loved one's cadaver found within. The design of the unsuccessful prototypes furnishing David's humble abode, hung with sketches reminiscent of medieval alchemic ephemera, while an examination of the total human experience filtered through the more human than human artifice, visible to us through drawing parallels to the best naturalists such as Leonardo da Vinci, it also pays tribute to Guillermo Del Toro, and also poke the oeuvre back, for it's own debt to Ridley Scott and H.R Giger.

    The fateful victim Rosenthal decapitated by an extension of David's will in the form of the deliberately spérmatozoa like Neomorph, ancestor of the Praetomorph, and ultimately no doubt connected in a way to the titular Alien, in my view recalls the religiously poised drowned Ophelia by John Everett Millais (1852), with the posture often repugnantly viewed as something erotic in the eyes of men over the years, with a vacant expressioned head floating in water in addition reminding me of Neil Jordan's self-conscious unpacking of fairy tales. Like in the famous story behind the painting Ridley Scott maintains an homage in depicting all of his female characters dying offscreen with his male characters dying onscreen, attacking that part of the audience more specifically, insisted upon by Alien (1979) and Dark Star's (1979) co-writer Dan O'Bannon. With the first onscreen death of Jacob Branson lampshading this connection immediately as he suffers a fate similar to that of the Captain in Dan O'Bannon's Dark Star, Alien's original direct predecessor. Taking place before the first onscreen death in the film, we do learn through revelatory experimentation of an offscreen one, in the passing of Doctor Elizabeth Shaw as the object of David's sexualisation before the story truly began and also then implied in the fate of Daniels Branson after the story's conclusion. David like the Alien itself requires hosts for reproduction, like each other their selection's purposeful, and visably delighting in the violation just as in the original film of Ash with Ripley and the Alien itself with Lambert.

    Speaking of, later in the film Ridley Scott stages a shower sequence that sees Upworth and Ricks having a steamy minute under the spigot, only to be interrupted by an alien predator. At first glance this pays tribute to the infinite history of considerably trashier slasher films both before and after the Alien's first appearance, it does but it's also a final revelling distillation of the thesis of the film entirely killing the male immediately and tormenting the female, it is a confidently morbid examination of the empty cycles of desire driven violence.

    I admire everything that Prometheus attempted, I still enjoy examining the film, and believe it an important piece of Ridley Scott's overarching science fiction investigations now fully formed in Raised By Wolves. Pitifully though I believe Prometheus itself never received the correct writers at all on the project, and yet even when completely filmed, the editing's even more entirely scattered. It is my observation Alien Covenant took what worked from it's predecessor and explored it in a capacity it managed, with much more relevance, and an internal logic that benefited the film. Say what you will about the titular Alien being created by David, but it thematically resonates with what we know about the thing as a biomechanical sexual monster that kills humans created by a rapist android that shows abhorrence not only for humanity or their creators, but the entire lineage of biological creation and the writing and editing's much more refined over in Prometheus.

    And it contains my single favourite scene in the entire mythology, that being the prologue as we finally see a version of Weyland Corporation's founder worthy of the status it maintains today, three minutes of divine perfection courtesy of accomplished playwright John Logan the other writing staff and Ridley Scott.

    Lastly even if you still can't stand the film for whatever reasons you have, it lead to the best piece of Alien media since the 1979 original in the form of Alien The Cold Forge, and that's reason enough to appreciate it's existence. (2/2)
  2. Evanus
    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Nov 16, 2021, 06:05:31 PM
    Quote from: BigDaddyJohn on Nov 16, 2021, 05:56:56 PM
    Quote from: Evanus on Nov 14, 2021, 02:47:04 PM
    I don't think we'll see David ever again honestly.

    Let the gods hear this !

    Meanwhile, David's response to those gods:

    But seriously, I can't imagine not wanting to see more of David. Would be such a waste not to continue that arc.
  3. BlueMarsalis79
    I don't know about all that in terms of plot, but there's definitely a connection here I'm really surprised no-one's talking about:

    Alien Covenant and Legion cross promoted each other, nearly five years ago, and Amber Midthunder who played one of the main characters also now gets the lead role in Prey?
    Just want to understand !!!
  4. David Weyland
    This new bit of info regarding casting makes me get carried away but gives me a gut feeling that the series is going to be set post Covenant but pre Alien to link into the prequels, telling the third and final part or setting up the story for a third film which would be a fantastic pay off.

    I think from his comments in recent interviews Noah Hawley buys into Ridley Scott's vision more than a rebooted formula

    I've argued before that I think David uploaded into Walter's body in Covenant rather than just mimicking appearance.

    Could see David with his skeleton keys to the Weyland Yutani's Muthr mainframe pulling the strings on Earth through other androids & or creating a rebel movement against humanity for their unequal rights etc, all from deep space aboard the Covenant like some WY internet troll. You'd get Fassbender in for the last episode in a big reveal setting up a film to take us to Alien.

    At least I hope anyway.

  5. Immortan Jonesy
    Yes, I was referring to Avatar. I am not against new ideas but I think that when they stray too far from the key element of the universe, it is no longer that universe at all. If you want to use concepts that haven't been canonically explored, without undermining the central figure in the process, that's fine. But if your new ideas stray too far from the central concept, I think it is time to found a new universe.

    I think it applies even if the execution is ok. Because you know, sometimes one just want to see a good 21st century Alien movie, and not something that seems to pull me out of that fantasy, with the new proposal not being that good either.

    I know that execution is what really determines how good the end result is. And while Alex White's books have achieved good fluidity between some of the prequels stuff and Alien, I think that some ideas from there, while interesting, have been better executed in Raised by Wolves, than in this particular fictional world. Maybe they weren't even made to be explored on film anyway. But yeah, it is not as if Prometheus was the product of the execution of a remarkable good script.

    Everyone can disagree with my opinion of course.  :laugh:
  6. Immortan Jonesy
    I don't think there will be any musical, but if I'm wrong, I'm sure Noah will know how to give it the right context.  :laugh:

    Quote from: BlueMarsalis79 on Nov 11, 2021, 12:50:34 PM
    I personally don't look at it that way, if Prometheus had a good story, I'd be all for that kind of approach. In spite of what we got I still am in fact. As for first exposure. If viewed in theatrical release order like people ought to we have nothing to worry about.

    We haven't had a good execution of new ideas in Alien so far. Prometheus went from prequel, to almost prequel and then to an expensive 2 hours prologue for an spin-of series...before returning to Alien in Covenant. But I think that even for a spin-off, it could have been better with a superior script.

    Quote from: Kradan on Nov 11, 2021, 03:09:30 PM
    Quote from: Master on Nov 11, 2021, 12:46:29 PM
    Quote from: BlueMarsalis79 on Nov 11, 2021, 09:34:05 AM
    If the franchise name gets your interesting thing made f**k it I don't care.

    What's the point making new entry in existing franchise, that deviates significantly or even outright contradicts what was presented earlier. Isn't it better to make something brand new?

    Because studios are bloody cowards and hate taking risks. So you might as well hijack existing franchises to tell new stories

    One of the things that I respect about James Cameron is that he doesn't use existing franchises to exploit the themes he is passionate about today.  :laugh:
  7. Nightmare Asylum
    The Obi-Wan Kenobi art shown at last year's Disney Investor Day (the very same event where the show was announced) just leaked online.

    Crossing my fingers in hopes that whatever they showed/discussed (if anything of note) for this series when they cut the camera so regular viewers at home wouldn't be able to see leaks as well...
  8. Kradan
    Quote from: Master on Nov 11, 2021, 12:46:29 PM
    Quote from: BlueMarsalis79 on Nov 11, 2021, 09:34:05 AM
    If the franchise name gets your interesting thing made f**k it I don't care.

    What's the point making new entry in existing franchise, that deviates significantly or even outright contradicts what was presented earlier. Isn't it better to make something brand new?

    Because studios are bloody cowards and hate taking risks. So you might as well hijack existing franchises to tell new stories
  9. BlueMarsalis79
    I personally don't look at it that way, if Prometheus had a good story, I'd be all for that kind of approach. In spite of what we got I still am in fact. As for first exposure. If viewed in theatrical release order like people ought to we have nothing to worry about.
  10. reecebomb
    Quote from: BlueMarsalis79 on Nov 11, 2021, 09:34:05 AM
    If the franchise name gets your interesting thing made f**k it I don't care.

    Not too many examples of this approach being successful. Stopping franchise getting milked doesn't stop new interesting movies being made, on the contrary.

    Quote from: Kradan on Nov 11, 2021, 10:18:21 AM
    But it ruins my childhood !

    It does kinda ruin Alien films for new generations. I'm super thankful I got to experience Alien as it was in my childhood. The idea seeing Covenant first makes me want to puke a bit. 

  11. reecebomb
    Quote from: BlueMarsalis79 on Nov 10, 2021, 10:29:26 PM

    But it's not going to just conform to the first three films.

    You can still tell new stories within the conformity established by the original films, plenty more to explore there. Filmmakers should be asking themselves are you making an alien movie or are you not, do you actually need aliens to tell your story (prequels sure as hell didn't) or are they shoehorned in mainly for marketing/franchise milking. Unless you have an extremely plausible narrative and can mostly follow the criteria made by original films simply don't bother, again create something new instead.

    So far it's not looking good, set on earth, body swap shenanigans, comedic chops - for what reason do you really need to set this in an alien universe? Or can we be satisfied by pointless fan service like, ooh looky looky there Betty, that shit's older then Ripley, that's genius!

    Quote from: Master on Nov 10, 2021, 10:27:04 PM
    Yep. Also stuff like old model android making Alien in cave.

    Exactly, this turned out far more limiting in the end for the future films (and even more lamentably for the past films). I guess there is always possibility to make next one as if prequels never happened.

    Quote from: skhellter on Nov 10, 2021, 10:44:17 PM

    limits didn't keep all (but one) of the short films from being shit.

    That's not what I meant.
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