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Talk about a bargain. When Alien: Covenant opens in theaters next year, we’ll get two Michael Fassbenders for the price of one.

The sequel to 2012’s Prometheus (or prequel to 1979’s Alien, depending on how you look at it) will see Fassbender reprise his role as the synthetic android David, and he’ll also star as Walter, a more advanced android who assists the crew of the colony ship Covenant as they travel to a dark world ten years after the events of Prometheus.

Noomi Rapace will also reprise her role as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, and she will be joined by newcomers Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), Demián Bichir (A Better Life, The Hateful Eight) and Billy Crudup (Spotlight).

Here’s what we know: on a planet previously thought to be a paradise, the Covenant crew encounters the sole inhabitant, the synthetic David. Anyone who’s seen the original film will know why that’s a little… let’s just say, odd.

Rumors have swirled that Michael would play multiple clones of the character he played in Prometheus ever since the sixth installment of the Alien series was announced.

Well, now we have confirmation from the horse’s mouth. According to an interview with The Irish Times (which was reproduced on Twitter), the “multiple” androids have been cut down to two, and given names. Here’s what Fassbender said:

“I am allowed to say I am playing two robots – Walter and David. I think what’s great about it is that Ridley has gone back to the original DNA of Alien, the horror element of that. But it also has the scope and the scale of Prometheus.”

Okay, so let us get this straight. TWO Michael Fassbenders, walking around an intergalactic spaceship, hunting xenomorphs? Count us in.

Alien: Covenant is due to be released on August 4, 2017.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.