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James Franco set to board Alien: Covenant

12.21.2016

Though it's rapidly approaching its bumped-up date of this May, and we have seen a bunch of new images for it, there are still plenty of mysteries surrounding ALIEN: COVENANT.  Just as soon as we thought we were getting closer to uncovering all the secrets behind Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi flick, a new bomb has just been dropped on our laps, this time in the form of new casting. Needless to say this casting is…certainly mysterious.

News is that none other than the Guy Who is Everywhere All the Time, James Franco, has just boarded the upcoming flick in an unknown role. Seeing as how the film must be close to wrapping up, though, we can only assume the actor will have a brief cameo to say hello before being devoured by a Xenomorph.

In all seriousness it’s a total head-scratcher as to who he could be playing, as the main crew has already been cast, including Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup and more. Rumors have been swirling from other sources around his casting, and to who he would be playing, but so far all of those are unsubstantiated as Franco's casting has just been made official.

Though Franco seems to treat his movie choices like a chicken with his head cut off, he’s usually a pretty reliable performer. I don’t think we’ll be seeing anything too over-the-top like his character in SPRING BREAKERS, and I’m expecting more of his “everyman” persona to take over. I trust Scott to do something interesting with him, at the least. I'm just gonna point out that Franco has a new movie out today called WHY HIM? Seems appropriate.

ALIEN: COVENANT is set for May 19.

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5:07PM on 12/21/2016
He may not always make the best films, but I do appreciate his diversity in his film selection and his work ethic. He's a great actor under the right material and him signing on for this just makes me even more excited to see this film altogether.
He may not always make the best films, but I do appreciate his diversity in his film selection and his work ethic. He's a great actor under the right material and him signing on for this just makes me even more excited to see this film altogether.
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3:53PM on 12/21/2016
This site is late to the party. It's been reported on other sites that Franco has been/will be minimally involved for at least a week or two now. It's also heavily rumored that he will be playing...








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Daniels', (Waterson) husband and captain of the Covenant. It's also rumored that he and Daniels are the parents of Ellen Ripley.
This site is late to the party. It's been reported on other sites that Franco has been/will be minimally involved for at least a week or two now. It's also heavily rumored that he will be playing...








*possible spoiler below......













Daniels', (Waterson) husband and captain of the Covenant. It's also rumored that he and Daniels are the parents of Ellen Ripley.
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3:50PM on 12/21/2016
A one note actor...acting with his huge teeth...that's all think when I see him...and he going to show us more than all of his movies combined because he's going to keep screaming throughout while he's being chased and dismembered.
A one note actor...acting with his huge teeth...that's all think when I see him...and he going to show us more than all of his movies combined because he's going to keep screaming throughout while he's being chased and dismembered.
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2:19PM on 12/21/2016

why not

Think about it, PAUL RESIER was in Aliens for F sake. Even as a kid, I was like, "Um, what, the comedian on tv?"
And also, two words Bill Paxton. In different ways he made the movie what it was...so
Think about it, PAUL RESIER was in Aliens for F sake. Even as a kid, I was like, "Um, what, the comedian on tv?"
And also, two words Bill Paxton. In different ways he made the movie what it was...so
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11:05AM on 12/21/2016

I honestly don't get James Franco's appeal

If this was his younger brother, I wouldn't care, but Franco has found a way to play either a pothead or a gay rights activist in almost every movie he releases.
If this was his younger brother, I wouldn't care, but Franco has found a way to play either a pothead or a gay rights activist in almost every movie he releases.
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3:31PM on 12/21/2016
I'm sure he doesn't get yours either - Harry Osborne 3 films and of course helping relaunch the planet of the apes film series are both pothead/gay right activist roles
I'm sure he doesn't get yours either - Harry Osborne 3 films and of course helping relaunch the planet of the apes film series are both pothead/gay right activist roles
4:18PM on 12/21/2016
He won't be around enough to effect the movie that much anyways. It is rumored his only scene is a video transmission.
He won't be around enough to effect the movie that much anyways. It is rumored his only scene is a video transmission.
10:28AM on 12/21/2016
Oh no!
Oh no!
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10:25AM on 12/21/2016

Told you..

I obviously don't work for Joblo but I reported this last week on this site. I even mentioned about Franco filming promotional video similar to what Guy did for Promethous.
I obviously don't work for Joblo but I reported this last week on this site. I even mentioned about Franco filming promotional video similar to what Guy did for Promethous.
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10:24AM on 12/21/2016

I thought this was confirmed awhile back

Pretty sure this was confirmed weeks ago and that's it not an unknown role, he's the captain of the Covenant.
Pretty sure this was confirmed weeks ago and that's it not an unknown role, he's the captain of the Covenant.
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10:26AM on 12/21/2016
Yep. That's what I read to. But it wasn't on Joblo. It was another site I saw it on.
Yep. That's what I read to. But it wasn't on Joblo. It was another site I saw it on.
10:23AM on 12/21/2016
This articles paints it like the writer hates James Franco for his diverse roles. I think he does well in the movies he's in, both dramas and comedies
This articles paints it like the writer hates James Franco for his diverse roles. I think he does well in the movies he's in, both dramas and comedies
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