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Casting news has been slowly rolling out for director Sir Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant, with Michael Fassbender confirmed to reprise his role as an android. We can also look for some new faces like Billy Crudup, Katherine Waterston, and Danny McBride.

But up until now it was being reported Noomi Rapace, who we saw in the Alien prequel Prometheus as Doctor Elizabeth Shaw, would not be returning.

But, of course, plans change.

It’s not clear what her role will be, whether she will pick up as one of the last survivors from Prometheus or in flashback sequences, but she is officially on deck and in Australia filming, reports Deadline.

We enjoyed getting to know Rapace as an actress in the hardcore role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, kicking off in 2009. If you’re scratching your head, thinking, “That starred Rooney Mara,” well, we’re referring to the original Swedish-speaking version. And, from there, we were thrilled when Rapace joined 2012’s Prometheus in a lead role (among other films, including 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, opposite Robert Downey Jr.).

It seemed a bit surprising Rapace would sit out Alien: Covenant, whatever the reasons being, possibly due to scheduling conflicts, but we’re a bit relieved to know she will be making her return. Fingers crossed Shaw will be back as badass as she was in the first film.

Either way, we’re definitely intrigued to see how everything falls into place.

If you need a reminder, here’s Rapace as Shaw in the trailer for the original:

Alien: Covenant is currently filming, set for an August 4 release in 2017.

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By Brigid Brown