Despite Ridley Scott’s claims to the contrary, his “Prometheus” follow-up “Alien: Covenant” is very much tied in to the “Alien” universe as both a prequel AND soft-reboot at the same time. The proof came today, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, who ran a bunch of brand new images from the sci-fi thriller that’s been described by those lucky enough to get a preview of footage last week as “scary, intense, and unapologetically R-rated”. Which is encouraging.

Just check out the first pic: doesn’t that look like the Colonial Marines from James Cameron’s “Aliens”? I’m guessing they’re not quite the same thing but certainly some predecessor to the space military we all know and love.

Then there’s that 2nd image. Tell me they aren’t going full-on Ellen Ripley with Katherine Waterston’s role. She’s playing a character named Daniels, so it’s unlikely to be a Ripley ancestor or anything, but they’re definitely cast from the same mould. At least visually.

The last shot is of the hibernation chamber where people are put into hypersleep for long-haul space trips. So it’s likely these are the crew of the titular ship Covenant. Cool. Literally.


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Here’s the official synopsis: “Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus, Alien: Covenant connects directly to Ridley Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”

“Alien: Covenant” is written by Jack Paglen (“Transcendence”) and Michael Green (“Green Lantern”), which isn’t exactly a great sign. 20th Century Fox (via EW) has released a new photo from the upcoming Alien: Covenant featuring Katherine Waterston in badass mode as her character Daniels. Scope her out in the gallery below!

Michael Fassbender reprises his Prometheus role of David as well as a new android Walter, along with Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Jussie Smolett (Empire), Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills), and Billy Crudup (Watchmen). Noomi Rapace reprises her role as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, and James Franco as the Captain of the title ship. It premieres 19th May 2017.

 

4 comments

  1. Rotten Rambutans

    26th December 2016 @ 4:11 am

    Nowhere else to kick start this Top 10 Debate so we thought we would start here!! My Top Ten for 2016 : 10. Green Room : Taut, visceral in every sense, Uncle Jean-Luc in true skin-head mode and a fitting tribute to Anton Yelchin; 9. Nocturnal Animals : Has designer stylisation dripping from its manicured talons & powdered cleavages but Tom Ford uses the non-linear story-telling with devastating effect; 8 : Hell or High Water : Old fashioned Western repackaged with Chris Pine in hipster cool moustache; 7 : The Girl with All the Gifts : Mind-altering fungus & grey decrepitude of post industrial Britain somehow fit the existential angst of zombie genre better than viruses. (edged Train to Busan by a whisker); 6 : The Shallows : Hot Damn ! Blake Lively in a bikini versus a believable GWS; Popcorn entertainment at its best (Shadow of the shark in surfer’s wave is Youtube classic horror cleverly realised for film); 5 : Sing Street : 80s music, dodgy male mascara and puppy love in Dublin as only John Carney can; 4 : Tale of Tales : Bloody beautiful European fairy tales (& a comeback for Salma Hayek); 3 : Arrival : Clever alien movie where no buildings explode; 2 : Deadpool : What a mutha-f***%@$ hilarious movie with soundtrack in all the right places; (Deadpool : “Hey rancid, Hairy Malaysian Fruit Balls : Tank you for your sycophancy!”)…..And the No 1 is : Ola Bola : No, even if it was released at the start of the year, we haven’t forgotten you. Though somewhat artistically challenged, sometimes us critics are a sucker too for how good a movie makes you feel.. Thank you, Mr Chiu, Uncle Mokhtar, Uncle Soh & Uncle Arumugam for making us feel proud to be Malaysians again… What a muhibbah movie!! Woohoo!

  2. Wai

    30th December 2016 @ 8:12 pm

    Rotten Rambutans: Rest assured, our own Top 10 lists are coming soon. Interesting choices you made there. I do agree with some of them. The Girl With All The Gifts started off well but too many clumsily written character moments ruined it for me. As for the fungus-derived zombies, that’s not exactly original, as the video game “The Last Of Us” did it first, and way better in my opinion. This is still a pretty solid take on the genre though. I really enjoyed “The Shallows” started out a cool survival thriller and turned into a fun monster movie.

  3. Rotten Rambutans

    3rd January 2017 @ 4:08 am

    Yes, I enjoyed ‘The Last of Us’ but it didn’t really capture the spirit of the novella it was based on “Fruiting Bodies”. The Girl With All the Gifts did it better, I felt. There was only one place on the list for the horror genre but my alternative choice would have gone to ‘The Witch’ : Stunning in its bone-crunching dread and a fantastic mainstream debut for its director, Eggers & the woman who carried it all, Anya Taylor-Joy.

  4. Wai

    7th January 2017 @ 5:08 pm

    Rotten Rambutans: “The Last Of Us” was not based on any novella, and certainly not one called “Fruiting Bodies”. 😀
    According to its creators at game developers Naughty Dog, they got the inspiration from the BBC’s documentary “Planet Earth” about the Cordyceps parasite.

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