The first trailer for Alien: Covenant is here. This is the latest entry in the long-running sci-fi horror series, and it looks set to be a seriously intense, scary ride. Check it out below:
The film is directed by Ridley Scott, who helmed the original 1979 Alien, as well as 2012’s semi-prequel Prometheus. It stars Michael Fassbender, who reprises his role from Prometheus, alongside Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Billy Crudup (Watchmen), Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), and James Franco (Spring Breakers).
A synopsis has also been released. It reads: “The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.”
This trailer certainly looks like the film that the cast have hinted at over the past few months. In July, McBride said that the movie would be a “dark horror movie” with “no comic relief at all”. More recently, Fassbender revealed that Scott had “gone back to the original DNA of Alien, the horror element of that.”
Fox unveiled footage to critics at a recent showcase for some of their 2017 movies. We saw a couple scenes, and it does indeed capture the Alien vibe fans are craving. Seeing a neo-morph burst through someone’s back is every bit as grotesque as you would expect. Waterson attended the event and stated, “This is an Alien movie with a capital ‘A’.” Despite filming the scenes shown, she confessed it was a little scary to actually see on the big screen. As a director, Scott didn’t want to get in their way. He allowed them to act out each scene. If it was “terrible,” they would simply do it over.
Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19, 2017.