It’s almost exactly five months until Alien: Covenant arrives in cinemas and in the meantime the makers of the upcoming chapter in the ever-expanding Xenomorph saga are teasing at what could be in store.
A fresh image from the film has sparked rumours of a potential comeback of sorts for one rag-tag bunch of alien hunters.
1986’s Aliens was a superb follow-up to the Ridley Scott original, helped in no small part by the addition of a group of badass colonial marines alongside Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley whom provided plenty in the way of laughs and action as well as a few gruesome deaths besides.
And from the looks of it, a similar array of characters could be on the case in Covenant.
While no one is expecting any of those same marines to make an appearance in Covent – the likes of Hicks, Hudson and Vasquez were all killed off after all – the newly-released image does depict a group of very space marine-looking dudes on a bug hunt.
Whether that ends up being true remains to be seen, with the official synopsis released for the film offering up little in the way of clues:
“Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. 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.”
Boasting a cast that includes Prometheus survivors Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace along with new faces Katherine Waterson, Billy Crudup, James Franco and Danny McBridge among others, the first full-length trailer for the film landed late last year.
Fans will have to wait a little longer for the full-length edition though, with a release date of May 19 in place.
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