Katherine Waterston (‘Inherent Vice’) has scored the female lead opposite Michael Fassbender in Ridley Scott’s eagerly awaited ‘Alien: Covenant,’ reports Deadline.

Scott returns to the universe he created in ‘Alien’ with ‘Alien: Covenant,’ the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with ‘Prometheus’ — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

Principal photography kicks off in February in Australia with a script by Jack Paglen, Michael Green and John Logan.

Waterston, who co-starred with Fassbender in ‘Steve Jobs.’ She will next be seen in the ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ when it hits Irish cinemas November 2016.