Here’s Everything We Know So Far About Alien: Covenant

Time to get excited sci-fi fans...

Alien: Covenant
Alien: Covenant

One of the most iconic sci-fi sagas of all time is back in 2017, with Ridley Scott’s highly-anticipated Alien: Covenant set to arrive in cinemas later this year.

Prometheus might have left fans a little cold in 2012, but plenty of fans, loaded included, have high hopes for the upcoming movie.

Anticipation is high, especially after an awesome new teaser picture was posted last night. So, here’s everything we know so far about Alien: Covenant so far.

Release date

It’s not long now… Alien: Covenant will be bursting into cinemas on May 19, 2017. Interestingly, it’s arriving a few month earlier than its original August 2017 release date, which can only be a good sign right?

James Franco WILL be starring

It’s been heavily rumoured for months now, but James Franco’s involvement was only confirmed yesterday, when the first-look image was released on social media. The Pineapple Express actor will also be joined by the returning Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Katherine Waterson and Danny McBride, while Prometheus star Noomi Repace is also listed on the IMDB page.

 

When do the events of the movie take place?

The movie was originally billed as a direct sequel to Prometheus, before having its title changed to Alien: Covenant. People are understandably a little confused about the whole thing – so here’s what we know: Alien: Covenant is set ten years after the events of Prometheus.

How does it fit into the rest of the Alien series? Well, Prometheus took place in 2093, and Alien: Covenant takes place in around 2103. That’s around 20 years before the events of the first Alien movie.

Sigourney Weaver Alien
Sigourney Weaver as Ripley In space nobody can hear her scream. Image Picture 20th Century Fox

Ridley is planning to start a trilogy of new prequels with Alien: Covenant, so there’s plenty of time to slot them in and explain the events that led to the first Alien movie, right?

So, what happens in the new movie?

The film will focus on a single ship, which arrives on a new planet. While it seems like a paradise, it is in fact anything but, and there are alien critters awaiting them.

Here’s the official synopsis:

“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.”

Star Katherine Waterston previously told journalists that the crew of the ship – which can be seen in the new teaser image – have been carefully selected to populate the new planet, like a kind of sci-fi Noah’s Ark. “Most of the people on the ship are couples, and then there are all of these colonists who are in a cryo-sleep,” she said.

Are the Xenomorphs going to be in it?

Hell yeah – speaking to The Wrap a while back, Ridley Scott said all four of the main Xenomorph forms are in the new movie (“egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy”).

Waterston also revealed that a brand new alien will feature in the movie. Called a “neomorph”, the monster is a four-legged beast, which is born by spawning from a human spine – sounds pretty awesome.

 

Aliens’ Colonial Marines are back… maybe

New pictures from the movie got fans very excited recently, after they teased the possible return of the colonial marines from James Cameron’s 1986 sequel Aliens. The badass soldiers were one of the best things about the movie. Fingers crossed they return!

Fassbender says it’s going to be “scarier” than ever

Hold onto your butts guys, Alien: Covenant is going to be the scariest Alien film ever. Or at least that’s what Michael Fassbender thinks.

The actor, who plays David in the movie, told Collider: “This Alien is going to be… I’m very excited to see it and everybody in the film was saying this is a film that we all want to see. It’s much scarier than Prometheus but it’s got the same sort of scope of Prometheus.

“It’s kind of got more of the sort of thriller, imminent disaster feel that Alien had, so it’s kind of a beautiful meeting of both of those films. I’m really excited to see it, I think it’s gonna be super scary number one and then again with the massive scope of Prometheus… Once it starts and the ball starts rolling, it doesn’t let up. It’s really gonna bring chills to the cinema.”

Alien: Covenant arrives in cinemas on May 19, 2017.

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.