Prometheus ended with Michael Fassbender’s David being little more than a floating head in space, forced to accompany Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw and her search for the origin of life on Earth. It posed a tantalizing question… and it looks like it could be answered in Alien: Covenant. Maybe. The only guarantee is that we’re going to see lots of gore and more classical xenomorph action along the way.
Indeed, Ridley Scott is gearing up to release his second in a planned quartet of prequels to his 1979 masterwork, Alien. Considered to be as much a do-over at making a prequel of Prometheus as a direct sequel to that film, it has an all new cast, save for Fassbender’s David, and a new planet as its destination. It also looks poised to offer the kind of thrills audiences desperately wanted the first time around in 2012.
Just a word to the wise – Alien: Covenant is not be confused with Alien 5. Covenant is a Ridley Scott-directed movie which will follow on from Prometheus, while Alien 5 is a Neill Blomkamp project that will serve as a new sequel to Aliens. Blomkamp has Sigourney Weaver signed up for his film, but will have to wait until Covenant‘s production is completed before pressing ahead.
So join us, as we ascertain what you can expect.
Alien: Covenant Latest News
While Alien: Covenant has already released loads of promo material, its latest preview clip showcases something new and potentially critical to the film in the Covenant’s onboard AI, named MUTHUR, played by Bob the Builder voice actress Lorelei King. The clip starts innocuously enough with the crew of the titular ship in the middle of a poker game with MUTHUR answering questions like a space-age Siri. However, her responses cease with the presence of a mysterious intruder, who is seen preparing to ambush Katherine Waterston’s Daniels… from the ceiling!
Alien: Covenant also recently released a preview prologue clip that picks up right after the end of Prometheus and shows us what David and Dr. Elizabeth Shaw have been up to leading up to the events of the new movie. It seems like they reached their destination and are set to meet the Engineers! Let’s hope this meeting goes better than the last.
Alien: Covenant Trailer
20th Century Fox released a viral teaser for Michael Fassbender’s second robotic character in the film, Walter. The “commercial” for purchasing your very own Walt is very Westworld, which is to say both believable and creepy. Check it out…
This trailer was supposed to arrive a little later, but a leak convinced Fox to give the world a look at it earlier.
We also just got a red band version of the trailer, complete with additional swearing and blood with a complimentary dissection in there, too! Check it out here, then see it again ahead of your Loganscreening this weekend…
And you can see the earlier trailer here…
Alien: Covenant Release Date
Alien: Covenant is hurdling toward movie theaters on May 19, 2017, which is several months earlier than its original August 2017 release date. Does moving it into this more competitive month signal Fox thinks they have a strong film on their hands? Time will tell.
Alien: Covenant Story & Synopsis
Here’s the official synopsis for Alien: Covenant:
“Ridley 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 (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”
Since that synopsis was released, it’s actually been confirmed that Covenant is part two of a prequel quadrilogy. In total, Scott wants four prequels to Alien, not just the ‘trilogy’ mentioned in the synopsis.
The image above also confirms that the Weyland-Yutani corporation will be the employers of the Covenant’s crew in the movie. That’s not a massive surprise to fans of this franchise, of course, but we thought you’d like to know.
In an interview with Collider, David actor Michael Fassbender has lent further weight to those hopes, as he suggests that, while Alien: Covenant will offer a similar sense of scale as the 2012 film, it will also be “scarier than Prometheus.”
“This Alien is going to be… I’m very excited to see it and everybody in the film was saying this is a film that we all want to see. It’s much scarier than Prometheus but it’s got the same sort of scope of Prometheus. It’s kind of got more of the sort of thriller, imminent disaster feel that Alien had, so it’s kind of a beautiful meeting of both of those films. I’m really excited to see it, I think it’s gonna be super scary number one and then again with the massive scope of Prometheus… Once it starts and the ball starts rolling, it doesn’t let up. It’s really gonna bring chills to the cinema.
Meanwhile director Ridley Scott teased to Collider in a separate, later interview that the film will reveal the Engineers did not create the xenomorphs, as has long been speculated upon ever since 1979’s Alien, and seemed to be proven in 2012’s Prometheus. However, Covenant will take us “closer’ to the answer:
“We’ve come back with a very simple idea. Who made them? No one ever asked that question. [Alien] was just about there it is; it exists. And this is what it is … So we’ve reinvented the idea of Alien, I think, which is that Covenant gets us a step closer to who and why was this thing designed to make human beings. And if you think it’s them [the Engineers], you’re dead wrong.”
Alien: Covenant Cast
With Michael Fassbender’s David is to be the only major returning character from Prometheus. In addition to reprising the role of David, Fassbender is also playing Walter, a new robotic character for whom David was a prototype. Walter will be traveling on the titular Covenant spacecraft with a new crew full of fresh meat.
While chatting with Comingsoon, Fassbender confirmed that Walter would be a more Bishop-like robot interested in serving the Covenant crew, as opposed to like David, who took more after Ian Holm’s villainous Ash from Scott’s first Alien picture.
Says Fassbender, “I think Walter’s a real different kettle of fish. David was definitely a work-in-progress, somewhat of a prototype I suppose. The elements of him that were the human elements I think people found a little disturbing, so Walter’s more of a straightforward robot. Pretty logical, much more of a servant without the ego.”
Previously, it was initially announced that Noomi Rapace, who played the only major survivor besides David from the original film, would not be returning for Alien: Covenant. However, since then, Deadline has reported that Rapace did travel down to the Australian set in Sydney for the film, and shot weeks worth of footage for the film. So it sounds like the reports of Elizabeth Shaw’s demise may have been greatly exaggerated, and she’ll play some small, but presumably pivotal, role in the new film.
Katherine Waterston (pictured directly above) of Inherent Vice and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been cast in the lead role of the film, a bowl-cut survivalist named Daniels.
Danny McBride – best known for his comedy, particularly Eastbound & Down and Pineapple Express – will play one of the main blokes in the film. Demian Bichir (last seen as Bob in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight) has also signed up.
Billy Crudup of Big Fish and Jackie will also be playing who we believe is a high-ranking officer on the Covenant spaceship in the film. The cast also includes in mysterious roles Carmen Ejogo and… James Franco as purportedly a man named Brennan, the captain of Covenant and husband to Waterston’s Daniels character. The rumor suggests Franco will only be in the movie briefly during the first 10-15 minutes (can we say chest-burster?), but that he’ll reappear later during flashbacks.
Alien: Covenant Poster and Xenomorph
There has been much hand-wringing about whether the xenomorph in his full glory will appear. If you check out the first Alien: Covenant poster, we’d suggest that is a big yes.
Alien: Covenant Images
While the theatrical debut of Alien: Covenant nears, it seems that there are still some new carrots to dangle in front of the proverbial horse’s head in the form of a potentially revelatory trio of photos. Indeed, the Empire exclusive pics may have uncovered some intriguing potential plot twists and gives us our first look at the frightening new albino breed of Alien called a “Neomorph.”
We should warn you that glancing at these pics with an analytical eye could (and we stress, “could”) provide some spoiler moments. However, anything plot-relevant here here is simply presumed.
The first image takes place on the planet of the Prometheus character the Engineer, showing the silhouette of a mystery figure resembling David (Fassbender), unleashing some familiar-looking pods for purposes that just can’t be good. With the trailers and teasers seemingly showing David – last seen in Prometheus as a functioning disembodied head – in a creepy, sinister light and the Alien franchise’s hit-or-miss history with synthetics, could it be the case that David is the real villain of this film?
The second image shows a flashback scene featuring a younger version of company boss Peter Weyland (a returning Guy Pearce), who appears to be instilling android David (Fassbender) with some protocols that might just play a major part in the film’s primary storyline.
The third image is the stuff of nightmares, with our first substantive look at the film’s newest monstrous attraction, the Neomorph, a hybrid of a standard Xenomorph and a human, presumably resulting from the transformation we started to see in the film’s trailers. The Neomorph possesses genuinely disturbing physical attributes, including a prehensile tail that, as the picture implies, the creature used to grab this poor individual before consuming the victim in a ravenously brutal fashion.
You may not want to watch this film alone, folks!
Like acidic alien drool, the drip feed of imagery and teases from the production of Alien: Covenant continues. Most recently, Danny McBride posted this one, of him in a posh cockpit…
viously, a further end of filming image was release on the official Alien Anthology Twitter account, showing director Ridley Scott and series newcomer Katherine Waterston looking cheerful on the movie’s set.
But note the hairstyle, the vest and the way the gun’s slung over Waterston’s shoulder. Isn’t she looking more and more like Ripley with every passing image? In this instance, she looks very like Aliens-era Ripley, which we’re guessing is far from a coincidence.— Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) July 19, 2016
Before that, a gif – showing a special effects artist carefully sculpting a hand – was tweeted from the franchise’s offical Twitter account. It’s not just any hand, either – a distinctly Giger-esque appendage with long spindly fingers.
Take a look:— Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) July 6, 2016
And a few more images, including Ridley Scott next to a much more Alien-looking helmet (as opposed to the glass bubbles in Prometheus), as well as what seems to be Fassbender in his Walter attire.