The Alien: Covenant release date is creeping nearer and nearer, and as it approaches, 20th Century Fox is ramping up its promotional campaign. The latest footage to drop includes two “transmissions” from crew members.
In the first, Katherine Waterson’s Daniels speaks to camera in a message meant for her father, and it’s intercut with tense mission footage.
She says, ”I think it’s on. Hi Dad, I’m here on the Covenant. We’re each allowed one transmission back to earth so… I’m excited for what we’re doing. We’re reshaping an entire planet, building a new life for 2000 families; children, my kids some day. Yeah, I think I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.”
The transmission glitches while she talks, cutting to the team exploring the planet together – there’s water and vegetation, and they’re not wearing space suits in any of the outside shots.
“You hear that?” says a female crew member.
“Something passed overhead here,” says another – almost certainly Demian Bachir.
There are snapshots of footage within various locations, some look like they’re inside the ship, and some look like they could be in enclosed spaces away from the Covenant. One intriguing bit of footage is shot within a dark space and reveals humanoid forms followed by some kind of alien technology or architecture.
Daniels continues: “Now that it’s actually happening, now that I’m up here, earth is getting smaller and smaller. I’m never going to see you again. If something does happen to me, dad I just want you to know I love you so much. OK, I gotta go.”
As her message continues, the shots between glitches get quicker, more frenetic and less distinct but the panic and fear is all too clear.
In the second clip, framed as another broadcast, or recording, we see the company logo flash up of the Weyland-Yutani Corp. Billy Crudup’s Christopher Oram is sitting in front of the camera, reading a statement.
He says: “The majesty of creation lies before us now. Ours to discover, we shall behold wonders heretofore unimagined.”
It’s glitchy again, and is cut with similar footage to the first clip.
There is no footage of aliens in either clip, but we won’t have to wait too long for all to be revealed, since the film is released on May 12 in the UK and May 19 in the US. For now, here’s the official synopsis:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with 'Alien: Covenant', a new chapter in his groundbreaking 'Alien' franchise. 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.