He joins Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Danny McBride. Bichir received an Oscar nomination for best actor for 2011’s “A Better Life.”
Principal photography for “Alien: Covenant” will be shot in Australia’s New South Wales. The film will hit theaters on Oct. 6, 2017.
Plot details have not been disclosed for “Alien: Covenant.”
“Prometheus” was set about 30 years prior to the events in Scott’s 1979 movie “Alien.” The movie, which generated more than $400 million worldwide, was centered on scientists aboard the spaceship Prometheus discovering remains of an advanced civilization that was developing weapons that could wipe out the human race.
The original “Alien,” starring Sigourney Weaver, was followed by three sequels released in 1986, 1992 and 1997.
Bichir’s recent credits include “Death in Buenos Aires,” “Machete Kills,” “Savages” and “The Heat.” He is repped by CAA.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.