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.
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.