Michael Fassbender is the only Prometheus star to return for Alien: Covenant, and while he might look almost exactly the same as he did back in 2012, Fassbender is actually playing a very different character.
Of course, those who have seen Ridley Scott’s 2012 Alien prequel will understand that Fassbender is not playing the Weyland-Utani synthetic helper, David. After all, David did meet something of a grizzly end and that particular model, as is tradition, seemed to have a few, shall we say, flaws.
While Fassbender will once again play a synthetic, a new video highlights some big differences between David, and Fassbender’s new model. Everybody, meet Walter.
Anybody else getting a serious Westworld vibe from that?
The biggest differences between David and Walter appear to be their levels of emotion. Prometheus‘s David was created to strike up more of an emotional bond with his crew, but with Weyland-Utani’s latest creation, that has been scaled back to make Walter a more of a straightforward service synthetic. Just look at Walter’s tagline, “Created to Serve” and compare it to the tone of David’s promo video from 2012.
Although most of the shots from the video won’t appear in the movie, I’m really enjoying seeing Ridley Scott’s Alien world being built out. It raises the question of whether or not Walter will take a more practical approach to handling the inevitable disaster that becomes the Covenant crew, or will he have just as many flaws as the all Weyland-Utani synthetics tend to have. Thankfully, there’s not long left until we find out.
Alien: Covenant is released in theaters on May 19th.