Ridley Scott Casts Katherine Waterston as Female Lead in ‘Alien: Covenant’

Michael Fassbender will reprise his role as the android David from “Prometheus”

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18: Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet attend the "Steve Jobs" Press Conference during the BFI London Film Festival at the Mayfair Hotel on October 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)

After landing the female lead in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” rising star Katherine Waterson has been cast by Ridley Scott as the female lead opposite Michael Fassbender in “Alien: Covenant,” an individual familiar with the 20th Century Fox project has told TheWrap.

Waterston will play Daniels, which is the same role Rebecca Ferguson had been rumored for.

“Alien: Covenant” will serve as the sequel to “Prometheus,” which grossed more than $400 million worldwide despite receiving mixed reviews. It is expected to launch a new “Alien” trilogy that will link “Prometheus” with Scott’s original “Alien” movie.

Plot details are being kept under wraps but the story is believed to follow the crew of the Covenant, a colony ship bound for a remote planet that discovers a dangerous world where an android named David (Fassbender) is the only inhabitant… along with some other nasty creatures.

Waterston broke out in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Inherent Vice” and recently played Fassbender’s ex in “Steve Jobs.” She’s represented by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment.