- Alien: Covenant release date: May 12, 2017 (UK)/May 19, 2017 (US)
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Cast: Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and Danny McBride
- Writers: Michael Green, John Logan, Jack Paglen
Update: April 15, 2017 - Katherine Waterston is locked and loaded in international poster
Alien: Covenant has come seriously strong poster game. From the first few teaser posters, which just nudged our anticipation (and fear), to this new international poster, which shows Katherine Waterston locked and loaded, I can't stop looking at them. Check out the new international poster above and scroll down to see all the others.
Update: April 5, 2017 - new teasers show off the Neomorph in style
Four new short teasers have been released which show Alien: Covenant's scary Neomorph in all its glory from the face-hugger stage to the full on daddy Xenomorph. Watch the alien headbutting glass windshields and the like in the teaser above and then scroll on down to watch the rest.
Update: 4 April, 2017 - Katherine Waterston channels her inner Ripley in new poster
The posters are coming fast and furious now that we're just about six weeks out from the the release of Alien: Covenant. Thankfully, none of them are giving away anything we didn't already know; namely that Xenomorphs will mess you right on up. Run. Hide. Pray. Katherine Waterston is clearly channeling her inner Ripley for the latest bit of marketing for Alien: Covenant (above). Not "get away from her, you bitch!" Ripley, "Lucky Star" Ripley.
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Alien: Covenant is actually a Prometheus sequel
Few movies reach the legendary status of Alien, Ridley Scott’s tale of space truckers dealing with an otherworldly stowaway. Even Scott’s own Prometheus - a prequel that isn’t quite cut from the same cloth as the masterpiece that spawned it - fell short. However, its worldwide gross of $404 million was more than enough to warrant a sequel, which is called Alien: Covenant.
We've collected all the news we know to date about Ridley Scott's next tango with unfriendly extraterrestrials, and will keep updating until the movie's release later this year. Read on, and remember that in space, no-one can hear you scream... except whatever it is that's about to rip your chest apart.
The Alien: Covenant release date got moved up
Alien Covenant's release date has been moved forward. Again! Now the date stands at May 19, 2017. That's three months sooner than the last date we had (August), and a whopping seven months ahead of the movie's original December 2017 date. Nice. Oh, and UK audiences will be able to see it a whole week earlier than the US on May 12, 2017.
The Alien: Covenant trailer has us ready to run
We've been hearing for a while that Alien: Covenant would be channeling the vibe and aesthetic of the original film, and the trailer that dropped in late December made good on that promise. The crew of the Covenant looks like they're going to be meeting many of the same fates as that of the Nostromo, and they don't even have a cute orange cat to keep them company. Sorry, gang.
We also have an official 'prologue' video called The Last Supper which introduces most of the main characters - watch it below:
The second trailer (below) shows a mission full of hope. A lovely day strolling through surprise wheat. And then, of course, everything starts to go horribly wrong. Maybe someday humanity will head out to colonize the stars and everything will be delightful, but that clearly isn't what's going to in Covenant.
The Alien: Covenant poster offers the most obvious advice ever
Well, I mean... duh. Ok, in fairness, I guess we do have to spell this out for people like the scientist in Prometheus who thought it'd be a good plan to pet the alien snake creature, but I think the rest of us were already solid on the "run and hide" plan. Keep clicking through the gallery to see other Covenant posters.
The Alien: Covenant cast sees Michael Fassbender playing two different droids
Michael Fassbender’s android character David - just a well-spoken head in a bag, last we saw him - returns in Covenant, apparently having picked up a body somewhere along the way. The movie’s official description says 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 will also be playing a second synthetic, named Walter, who serves aboard the USCSS Covenant. "I am allowed to say I am playing two robots - Walter and David," Fassbender told the Irish Times newspaper (via @rorysbooks).
Also in the cast are Jussie Smollett (Empire), Amy Seimetz (The Killing), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills), Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs), Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight) and Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down). It seems seems fair to say that most, if not all, of these folks will make up the crew of the Covenant; it also seems fair to say that most, if not all of them will die horribly.
The Alien: Covenant plot should answer some questions from Prometheus
Though Prometheus has Alien in its DNA (sorry), it is something entirely separate from the much-beloved franchise... something that didn’t entirely sit well with audiences. Prometheus 2 was originally going to continue going off in an entirely different direction from the original films, but director Ridley Scott rethought that decision, opting instead to get his creation back on course by linking Prometheus more directly to the 1979 Alien film. To that end, Alien: Covenant will be the second part of a trilogy that acts as a prequel to the events on the Nostromo.
Scott explained how Covenant will continue the journey from Prometheus to Alien: “They’re going to go to the planet where the engineers came from, and come across the evolving creature that they had made. Why did they make it? Why would they make such a terrifying beast? It felt bio-mechanoid, it felt like a weapon. And so the movie will explain that, and reintroduce the alien back into it.”
Alien: Covenant's director is the one and only Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott, the father of the Alien franchise, will be once again taking on directorial duties. If you could’ve sworn Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame was on lens duty for the next Alien film, you’re right - or were, before Scott changed Covenant’s direction. Blomkamp was lined up to direct Alien, with Scott producing, but those plans got put on hold when Scott’s revised plans started to revisit the original lore. “Alien is kinda holding/pending Prometheus 2,” tweeted Blomkamp on October 29, 2015, going on to say that he’ll be “working on other things.”
Originally, ‘Prometheus 2’ was going to be more of a direct continuation of the events of its predecessor, heading further away from the lore of the 1979 Alien. Blomkamp’s film would’ve retconned the franchise, “acting like Alien 3 and 4 never existed,” as Michael Biehn put it to Icons of Fright, and allowed for a passing of the torch from Ripley to a Newt in her late 20s. Scott insists the movie is still moving forward, telling the Empire Online Podcast, “It’s designed to go next after ‘Alien: Paradise Lost’ [the original title for Covenant]. His version is more associated with Ripley. It’s coming from a completely different angle. It’s kind of more of a sequel… after, after after.”