Today, we are 365 days away from the release of Alien: Covenant. Since that’s cause for celebration, the official Alien Twitter account gave us another short tease of the film. Check it out below!
— Alien Anthology (@AlienAnthology) August 4, 2016
The tiny tease shows the film’s lead, Daniels (Katherine Waterston), in hypersleep. I love the industrial look of the cryotube around her. Those bolt heads around the window give it an almost steampunk look. The Covenant, a Weyland-Yutani colonist ship, won’t have the ultragloss luxury of Prometheus‘s trillion-dollar space yacht. Therefore I think it’s safe to say that this film will bridge Prometheus and Alien both narratively and visually.
Alien: Covenant will co-star Michael Fassbender as the creepy android David, who sports a new hairstyle and a new body due to his decapitation in Prometheus. Another Prometheus star could return, too. Eagle-eyed fans reportedly spotted actress Noomi Rapace on the film’s set. If you recall, Rapace played Elizabeth Shaw: David’s scientist frenemy and mother of the alien squid. Sources report that Rapace won’t have much screen time in Covenant. That’s fine, and I’m sure Prometheus fans and apologists will appreciate that Shaw might be back in some capacity.
While some fans may have disliked the antics of Prometheus‘s characters, the film was beautiful and brutal. It makes me smile to see Ridley Scott coming back to the Alien franchise for the third time. He’s one of the best visual stylists in modern cinema. The fact that he’s making R-rated monster movies with practical effects pleases me to no end. We can always use more high-budget, A-grade horror in the world. It helps keep the cinematic landscape varied.
Because Scott and his crew have completed principal photography and the release is only a year away, Covenant is taking shape. Therefore I expect we’ll get a much more substantial teaser before the end of the year. In the meantime, these little glimpses sure do tantalize. Alien: Covenant also stars Demian Bichir, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, and Amy Seimetz.