He’ll play the role of Holloway, who is said to be a love interest for Noomi Rapace’s character.
Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris and Kate Dickie also star in the film.
Shooting has reportedly begun up in Canada on the 20th Century Fox production.
Story details are being closely guarded so as not to spoil surprises for moviegoers, but Scott explained the outlines of the film and its genesis as follows:
“While ‘Alien’ was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of ‘Alien’s’ DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn’t be more pleased to have found the singular tale I’d been searching for, and finally return to this genre that’s so close to my heart.”