Danny McBride might change the face of professional space exploration next. The Wrap reports the former Eastbound & Down star is in talks to take a turn in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, alongside a returning Michael Fassbender and recently acquired Katherine Waterston. Due in 2017, the film is being positioned as the first installment of a trilogy that reconnects Prometheus with the original Alien films and creatures. Per Fox’s official synopsis, Covenant follows the crew of the titular ship who discovers “what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the ‘synthetic’ David (Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.” THR notes McBride’s role in the ordeal could be that of a technical expert with a flair for comedy — i.e., not just an average guy with exceptional space hair.
Danny McBride. Photo: Michael Loccisano/2009 Getty Images