Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’ Casts ‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett
Michael Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

Empire” star Jussie Smollett is coming on board Fox’s “Alien: Covenant,” Ridley Scott’s sequel to “Prometheus.”

He joins Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir and Danny McBride.

Plot details have not been disclosed for “Alien: Covenant,” the second of what will be a trilogy of films. Principal photography will be shot in Australia’s New South Wales, and the film will hit theaters on Oct. 6, 2017.

“Prometheus” was set in the late 21st century and about 30 years prior to the events in Scott’s 1979 movie “Alien.” The pic, which generated box office of more than $400 million worldwide, followed scientists aboard the spaceship Prometheus who discovered remains of an advanced civilization developing weapons that could wipe out the human race.

Noomi Rapace is not expected to return to play her archaeologist character, while Fassbender will reprise his android character David.

The original “Alien,” starring Sigourney Weaver, was followed by three sequels in 1986, 1992 and 1997.

Smollett plays musician Jamal Lyon on Fox’s “Empire,” which has been renewed for a third season. He’s the son of the characters portrayed by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. The actor broke into the business in 1992 in “The Mighty Ducks.”

Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez have also joined the cast of “Alien: Covenant.” Billy Crudup is in negotiations.

Smollett is repped by CAA and Vince Cirrincione and Associates. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading