Alien: Covenant will continue the prequel story that began with Prometheus and explore the origins of the titular creature that first appeared in Ridley Scott’s original Alien film. Regarded as a science fiction and horror classic, the first Alien leaves a lasting impression on most who watch it, particularly after their first viewing of the film. Among those with fond memories of original film are the cast members of Alien: Covenant, who recounted their first experience watching the classic in an interview with IGN.
Fassbender compared watching Alien for the first time to his experience watching a classic superhero TV show.
“I just went very quiet. It reminds me of the first time I watched Wonder Woman. You know, something different was happening.”
Fassbender also likened the film to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.
“It was sort of like Jaws, you know? It stays with you. As a kid you’re watching something quite sophisticated and it’s presented in a very sophisticated way, so it seems real.”
Crudup concurred with Fassbender’s assessment, explaining that was one of the reasons the film had an impact on him.
“That’s the part of it that killed me. Because I saw it in the theater when it came out and it was the fact that the actors were playing realism in the context of this fantastical universe. That to me was a complete revelation.”
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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.
Directed by Ridley Scott, the film stars Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Noomi Rapace, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, Billy Crudup and Amy Seimetz.
Alien: Covenant will be released in theaters on May 19, 2017.