Conan Stevens, best known as the monstrous Lannister henchman Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ is being considered for the role of the Engineer in Ridley Scott’s upcoming film and ‘Prometheus’ sequel, ‘Alien: Covenant.’
An anonymous source, via Scified, who claims to be “in the know” with the film’s casting revealed that Stevens, who towers at a little more than 7 feet, replaces Ian Whyte, the actor who played the same role for most of ‘Prometheus.’
Whyte also played the Predator in 20th Century Fox’s ‘Alien vs. Predator.’ Stevens and Whyte are similar in height, but “The Mountain” beats the former Engineer in sheer size—Conan Stevens is much more muscular and generally more intimidating—these two qualities alone can lend much gravitas and a deeper sense of terror to Scott’s new film.
Ridley Scott fans, however, should still take this bit of news with a little grain of salt as there is no official word coming from the director’s camp.
A follow-up to the 2012 smash box-office hit, ‘Prometheus’—the first in a prequel trilogy that directly serves as the elegant backstory to Scott’s original ‘Alien’ (1979)—‘Alien: Covenant’ picks up predictably on where the previous film left off. The colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, stumbles upon what they think is an uncharted, unspoiled paradise. What they find, instead, is the planet’s sole inhabitant: the synthetic David (played by Michael Fassbender), the only “survivor” of the doomed Prometheus exhibition. “It’s a very complex story,” Scott said in an interview with THR. “It’s an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1 (which was) was borne out of my frustration that on Alien 1 in 1979 – I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 that followed that no-one asked the question ‘why the Alien, who made it and why?’ Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of Prometheus 1, which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from.”
Written by Jack Paglen, Michael Green and John Logan, with Noomi Rapace reprising her role in the previous film, ‘Alien: Covenant’ is slated for release on October 6, 2017.
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