‘Alien: Covenant’ news update: Michael Fassbender talks playing two androids for the film

By Cris Faderugao , Updated Dec 14, 2016 02:45 PM EST

Michael Fassbender opened up about playing two contrasting android characters in Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant."

Fassbender will play the role of a mysterious and possibly sinister robot named David. He will also double as another android named Walter, Screen Rant reported.

Comparing both characters, the actor said that David and Walter are different in design. He differentiated the two by saying that David is a "work-in-progress" while Walter has a more straightforward quality, Coming Soon reported.

"I think Walter's a real different kettle of fish. David was definitely a work-in-progress, somewhat of a prototype I suppose. The elements of him that were the human elements I think people found a little disturbing, so Walter's more of a straightforward robot. Pretty logical, much more of a servant without the ego," he explains.

It sounds like Walter is more of a typical android in contrast to David. In "Prometheus," David's desire to do what he wants brought interesting scenes in the film.

The official synopsis for the film says that David is a surviving member at the end of "Prometheus." He will be found by the crew of the colony ship "Covenant" in a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy which is believed to be an uncharted paradise. Creator Ridley Scott said that the planet may have something more to it that meets the eye. He hinted that the characters may be in for a sinister and ominous adventure of the kind.

As for Walter, it is not yet known how he will factor into the story but it appears that the character will be a member of the "Covenant" ship. It should be interesting to see Fassbender's take on the contrasting roles.

"Alien: Covenant" opens on May 19, 2017. 

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