Alien: Covenant is a science fiction horror film and follow-up to 2012’s Prometheus, about a new expedition that encounters a dark and dangerous new world.
Hard to believe it’s been four years since the critically divisive Prometheus hit the big screen, and almost 40 years since the original Alien, but now, the latest in the franchise has got a trailer and if anything, it reveals a terrifying return to form to the series. Packed with a jarring number of visuals that suggest this thriller will be as much about the horror as the action, it answers a few questions while raising a lot more.
The good news is that director Ridley Scott appears to be once again at the helm of another potential hit, but as many of us learned last time, a stunning trailer might not mean the finished film holds up. The story follows the crew of the titular Covenant as they travel across the galaxy to an uncharted world that looks to be paradise until they discover just the opposite and find David (Fassbender), the synthetic human from the first mission (and its sole survivor) now living alone on the surface.
Putting a lot of focus on the frights and tension, there’s a number of very compelling moments in the trailer, and a deliciously sexy tease, if that’s possible, of a full-on Xenomorph making an unwelcome appearance during a couple moment in a shower. There’s also some breath-taking cinematography on display and a shocking sequence in a quarantine chamber. All of it feels like it’s exactly what the series needs, and while Prometheus left audiences swirling with questions, no doubt this will answer a few but ask a lot more since Scott has already committed to two more entries in the series.
Along with Fassbender and Roomi Rapace from the last entry, the new cast includes Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo and James Franco. That’s a big group though certainly, as the trailer suggests, this will be mostly all Fassbender. Alien: Covenant is scheduled for release May, 19, 2017.