The photo features the film, both a prequel to 1979’s “Alien” and a sequel to 2012’s “Prometheus,” sees the crew of the spaceship Covenant setting foot on a new planet, one filled with lush plant life.
Even though this planet looks totally ready for habitation, and the “Last Supper” scene revealed that the crew is on a deep space colonization mission, this isn’t the Covenant’s final destination. Instead, as Empire reveals, the ship lands on this planet to answer a distress call. If that set-up sounds familiar, that’s because it’s also what happened to the crew of the Nostromo in 1979’s “Alien.” That distress call lead that crew into a nest of xenomorph eggs and unleashed hell on their spaceship. Crews in Ridley Scott films clearly need to stop answering distress calls.
Empire’s release of this “Alien: Covenant” still also comes with a quote from Michael Fassbender, who plays another android in this film following his role in “Prometheus.” “What’s great about this story is the characters are so different,” says Fassbender, who presumably plays both Walter and David in the film. “They’re not just filling out a spaceship, their characters have been thought about. It harks back to those really cool characters in the original ‘Alien,’ where there are great relationships going on outside of the [alien].”
Opening May 19, “Alien: Covenant” is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England and Benjamin Rigby.
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