10:56am PT by Rebecca Ford
'Empire's' Jussie Smollett, 'Selma's' Carmen Ejogo Join Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant'
Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant is rounding out its cast with the addition of Empire star Jussie Smollett, Selma's Carmen Ejogo, Machete Kills' Callie Hernandez and The Killing's Amy Seimetz.
The Fox film will see the return of Michael Fassbender in the role of the amoral android from the first film and the addition of franchise newcomers Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride and Demian Bichir.
The plot for the sequel to 2012's Prometheus has been kept largely under wraps. Scott is producing with David Giler, Walter Hill, Mark Huffam and Michael Schaefer. Shooting is expected to commence next month in Australia.
Smollett is one of the breakout stars of Fox's hit musical drama Empire, which has been renewed for a third season. His film credits include North and The Mighty Ducks. He is repped by CAA and Vincent Cirrincione Associates.
Ejogo starred in Ava DuVernay's Selma, and her other credits include Born to Be Blue with Ethan Hawke and The Purge: Anarchy. She’ll next be seen in Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Ejogo is repped by ICM Partners, Conway van Gelder Grant in the U.K. and Management 360.
Hernandez will appear in Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and Terrence Malick’s Weightless. She is repped by CAA and Management 360.
Seimetz appears on Starz’s new series The Girlfriend Experience, and her film credits include You’re Next. She is repped by WME and One Entertainment.