• Ridley Scott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop look on, as NSW Arts Minister Troy Grant announces that Alien: Covenant will shoot in Sydney. (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Sydney set to play a key role in evolution of the 'Alien' lore.
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27 Nov 2015 - 6:15 PM  UPDATED 27 Nov 2015 - 6:28 PM

Director Ridley Scott has revealed that his Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, will be shot in Sydney in March 2016, with Michael Fassbender headlining the cast in a dual role.

The producer/director appeared before the media at a press conference held at Sydney’s Fox Studios, to confirm that the Prometheus sequel is the first of three that he intends to produce in Australia.

Scott said Alien: Covenant will pick up from the end of Prometheus, and see Fassbender playing two versions of his android character, David.

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Casting of the other key roles is still under wraps, but Scott revealed that Prometheus star Noomi Rapace will appear in a brief role.

"When this one's finished there’ll be another one, and then another one, that will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film from 1979," he explained.

Scott was flanked by politicians including Federal foreign minister Julie Bishop, to whom he had successfully appealed for changes to Australia’s tax act, to make an Australian shoot cost-effective for large-scale productions.

It is estimated that the production of Alien: Convenant will create 600 jobs for the Australian production industry. The shoot will commence in mid-March for 16 weeks. 

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