At the end of Prometheus, Michael Fassbender’s platinum blonde android David was nothing more than just a severed head tagging along with Noomi Rapace’s character Elizabeth Shaw supposedly on their way to the alien planet that birthed human life. In next year’s follow up, David will be back — and so will another synthetic humanoid, also played by Fassbender.
The actor gave an interview with The Irish Times and spilled some new info on his dual involvement in director Ridley Scotts Prometheus sequel and Alien prequel:
I am allowed to say I am playing two robots Walter and David. I think what’s great about it is that Ridley has gone back to the original DNA of Alien, the horror element of that. But is also has the scope and the scale of Prometheus. Ridley has cut it already. He is a machine. He is an incredible human being and he was in such good form. He is such an imaginative and mischievous figure.
For one, this means he thankfully won’t just be a severed head in Covenant. But does all the newly minted “Neomorph” cohabitation turn the robot against anybody that turns up wondering where he and Shaw went?
Apparently Walter is the android on the rescue ship (the Covenant) sent after Shaw ten years after the incident in Prometheus. Walter thinks something is fishy when the retrieval ship makes it to their destination. It seems Shaw and David have found some sort of paradise planet and have discovered something that could change human history. Maybe the robot-turned-alien-god wants to keep it for himself and won’t let another robot named Walter take it from him.
It’s also a strange move considering the naming scheme of the androids in the series have been alphabetical so far. Ash, Bishop, and Call were in the first Alien movies, and then David was in Prometheus. Walter definitely jumps a few letters in the alphabet.
But who cares about the ABCs. We’re getting two Fassbenders for the price of one.