Alien: Covenant has gone through some wild ups and downs as it marches towards its 2017 release date. The project, a sequel to Prometheus, was in development forever, then it stared down Neil Blombkamp’s own Alien sequel/adaptation before prevailing. Then, it seemed Noomi Rapace would not be returning as Shaw. Despite the fact she and Michael Fassbender’s David (well, his head anyway), were the only survivors from Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s follow up was set to be sans Rapace.
Not so fast! Apparently, the actress has been in Australia with the Alien: Covenant crew and shooting what Deadline calls “weeks worth of scenes.” So this surprise appearance clearly isn’t for a brief cameo in the beginning.
It could mean one of two things: Either we see an extended death of Shaw early in the film, or she’s actually a part of the sequel’s plot. Scott has mentioned he will begin bringing these stories closer to the beginning of Alien, so there’s no telling as to the fate of Shaw. Or David for that matter.
Alien: Covenant hits theaters August 4, 2017.