We know what Ridley Scott’s vision of space tech and alien planets look like in the distant future in the Alien universe, but what does future Earth look like? We almost found out.
In a chat with Yahoo Movies, Scott revealed that he originally filmed a scene for Alien: Covenant with Katherine Waterson and James Franco that took place on Earth, before they boarded the titular Covenant on their ill-fated colonization mission. But it was ultimately left on the cutting room floor when he decided it wasn’t necessary.
“I did one more scene which was [James Franco’s Branson] in an apartment, a futuristic apartment in New York with Daniels, who is his wife, played by Katherine [Waterston],” Scott told the site. “And we see this couple discussing a future. He says ‘we’ll build this cabin on the lake in this particular place’, and they’ve identified where they’re going to go. But the journey will be long and dangerous. Dangerous because you’re asleep and who knows what happens?
Scott added, “That was in there but I discovered we don’t need it.”
Katherine Waterston stars while Michael Fassbender returns as Prometheus‘ android David (and Walter), with a crew that includes Demian Bichir and Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”), as well as Alex England (Gods of Egypt), Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz (A Horrible Way to Die, “The Killing”), Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), Carmen Ejogo, and Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills).
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Alien: Covenant takes off for Paradise on May 19, 2017.