The veil is
slowly coming off Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel-slash-Alien prequel hitting theaters in May. Today’s treat was the first full cast photo of the crew (14 humans, nine male and five female, plus a robot) of the titular colony ship the Covenant, featuring the first look at James Franco as the captain Branson, a cameo that was let out of the bag back in December. The trailer, which dropped at that time, was not shy about showing how expendable their cast of meatbags are (for all you Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic fans out there) or the Xenomorph, course-correcting too much from the making and marketing of Prometheus, which downplayed such connections.
Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, James Franco, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, Amy Semeitz, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Benjamin Rigby, Alexander England, Nathaniel Dean, Uli Latukefu and an unnamed fifteenth actor portray the Covenant crew. Check out the tweet below.
— Alien (@AlienAnthology) February 21, 2017
I love that we got a full crew shot prior to the film, something that was missing in Prometheus. One thing that made the original Alien so iconic was the relationship between its characters, who were blue-collar workers. The first prequel transplanted that casualness to humanity’s first meeting with extraterrestrials, the Engineers, who also happen to be our creators. Needless to say, the two didn’t combine well. The Covenant crew is a pretty cool mix of character actors and newbies. Not pictured are Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce, both of whom reprise their Prometheus roles as Elizabeth Shaw and Peter Weyland in cameos.
Here’s the official synopsis for Alien: Covenant:
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.
Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19.