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Soldiers Stalk a Threat in Alien: Covenant Image; James Franco Confirmed

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"Alien: Covenant's" Twitter account shared a new image today, featuring a team of soldiers stalking what can be assumed as the film's main alien threat. This is one of many teaser images to be shared for the upcoming film, which bows in May of 2017.

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— Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) December 19, 2016

While it's not clear what the caption under the photo means, MoiveWeb has a pretty solid theory. They suggest that the number 220512052104 represents December 22, 12:05, 2104 -- signalling the possible date for the first "Alien: Covenant" trailer as December 22 -- just three days from now.

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James Franco was also quoted in an interview with HeyUGuys, where he confirmed his appearance in the film. Franco was rumored to be playing Katherine Waterson's husband, Captain Branson, earlier this week.

"Alien: Covenant" features the return of Ridley Scott to the "Alien" franchise, and the film will serve as a bridge between "Prometheus" and the "Alien" series. Footage of the film was shown earlier this month in NYC, with attendees calling it "horrifying" and "scarier than 'Prometheus.'"

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.

"Alien: Covenant" stars newcomers Danny McBride, Demián Bichir and Katherine Waterston, as well as returning "Prometheus" cast members Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce. "Alien: Covenant" opens in theaters May 19, 2017.

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