Disney’s New Alien Casting Confirms Prequel Show Is Way More Crucial To $1.2 Billion Franchise Revival Than We Thought


  • The upcoming Alien prequel series from Disney is expected to be a significant part of the franchise’s revival and has renewed interest in the Alien universe.
  • The show will be set on Earth in the future and will explore the executives of competing companies, providing a fresh spin on the Alien franchise.
  • Timothy Olyphant’s casting as a synth character in the show hints at a connection to Michael Fassbender’s prequel characters and may shed light on the origins and goals of these synthetics.



Disney is making a new Alien series, and a bit of casting news has confirmed that the prequel show is way more crucial to the revival of the $1.2 billion dollar franchise than we ever thought. The Alien franchise is one of the most popular sci-fi horror properties of all time, with it spanning all kinds of movies, video games, comics, and more since Ridley Scott’s original film released in 1979. Disney’s upcoming prequel series has renewed interest in the franchise that has waned over the past few films, but the Alien show may be more significant than anyone ever imagined.

Disney’s Alien prequel show will release on FX, and from the looks of it, the series is shaping up to be something pretty special. The showrunner for the Alien prequel is Noah Hawley, the acclaimed creator and primary writer of the Fargo TV series. Although it is an uncommon setting for Alien projects, the prequel TV series will actually be set on Earth several decades into the future, with it exploring competitors of the franchise’s Weyland-Yutani Corporation. The show is set to give a greater focus to the executives of these companies rather than the workers, signaling a fresh new spin on the Alien franchise.

Timothy Olyphant’s Synth Casting Hints Alien TV Show Will Be Crucial To Explaining Michael Fassbender’s Prequel Characters

Timothy Olyphant in Justified City Primeval

Casting announcements for Disney’s upcoming Alien prequel show are finally being announced, and one big name that has joined the series is Justified star Timothy Olyphant. Timothy Olyphant will play a mysterious synth character in the Alien TV show, with very little about his character being revealed besides his status as a synthetic. In the world of Alien, synthetics are androids frequently used by corporations like Weyland-Yutani in various roles, although by the time the main Alien movies take place they had been recalled due to a rebellion by the synths. Olyphant’s casting is interesting, as it could finally explain a major synth mystery.

In the Alien prequel movie Alien: Covenant, Michael Fassbender plays Walter One, a synth tasked with protecting the Covenant on its journey, as well as David, an older model that first appeared in Prometheus and reappears as Walter One’s doppelgänger in the sequel. Throughout the films, David becomes concerned with discovering his origins as well as the origins of humanity, as seen in his interest in the Engineers as well as his friendship with a young Peter Weyland. David’s mission still seems to be in motion as of the end of Alien: Covenant, but the Alien prequel show could further shed light on his character’s history and goals.

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Prometheus and Alien: Covenant both take place around three decades before the events of the original alien, and as it turns out, so does the Alien prequel show. It has already been hinted that the Alien series will explore other companies as they attempt to unlock eternal life through the use of artifical intelligence, which is one of the goals of David in both Alien prequel movies. It is possible that Timothy Olyphant’s synth character could play into this storyline, further expanding the overarching story of the Alien prequel movies in the upcoming FX TV series.

New Alien TV Show Is Becoming More Important For The Franchise’s Lore Than Romulus

Ripley is attacked by a xenomorph in Alien 3

The Alien prequel TV show isn’t the only upcoming franchise project that is in development, as another film titled Alien: Romulus is currently in the works. The film will be set between the events of Alien and Aliens, with it promising to fill in the time gap between the two classic movies. While this is interesting, the Alien prequel TV show is part of the lore-filled Alien prequel movie series that consists of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, and if those are anything to go by, the TV show will undoubtedly leave a big mark on the franchise’s canon.

What Timothy Olyphant’s Snyth Character Means For The TV Show’s Alien (1979) Connections

Although Timothy Olyphant’s synth character means a lot for the Alien franchise as a whole, it also sheds some light on the TV show’s connections to the first Alien movie. Olyphant’s synth character will clearly have some connections to the competitors of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, meaning that he may have a hand in setting up the events of the first film as well as the Weyland-Yutani Corporation’s role in the rest of the franchise. While it’s impossible to say exactly what Olyphant’s synth will do in the series due to plot details being tightly under wraps, he’ll undoubtedly have a big hand in the story of the Alien prequel show.

  • Alien (1979)

    Release Date:

    Ridley Scott

    Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto


    117 minutes

    Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

    Dan O’Bannon


    Alien is a sci-fi horror-thriller by director Ridley Scott that follows the crew of a spaceship known as the Nostromo. After the staff of the merchant’s vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew members attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

    Story By:
    Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett

    $11 million

    20th Century Fox

    20th Century Fox

    Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant



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