Directed by Ridley Scott and written by John Logan, Alien: Covenant is coming to theaters this summer. It is another of those rare and unusual films: The prequel that is also a sequel. It is the sequel to Prometheus (2012), so it is the second installment in the Alien franchise chronologically, prequel to the original Alien (1979), and the sixth movie produced in the series.
The film tracks a colony ship, the Covenant, which arrives at a habitable planet and finds Michael Fassbender’s cyborg David, who we last saw at the end of Prometheus. Fassbender plays dual roles, as the Weyland Corporation’s creation is also a member of the Covenant, as seen in the below preview.
Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Guy Pearce return from Prometheus in Alien: Covenant. New players include James Franco, Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Billy Crudup (Watchmen), Danny McBride (Superbad, Fanboys), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Carmen Ejogo (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Amy Seimetz (Stranger Things), Jussie Smollett (Revenge), Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Nathaniel Dean (Farscape), and Alexander England (Gods of Egypt).
Check out this unusual preview, the first five minutes of the film:
And–in case you missed it–what you’d probably expect, an action and gore trailer, previewed earlier here at borg.com:
Scott and Fox must be trying to set viewers up with the idea that this is another crew like the fantastic, gritty cast of Aliens. Will they match the appeal of either of the crews of the Nostromo or the Sulaco?
The film is scheduled for release May 19, 2017.