Celebrate Ridley Scott’s Birthday With A New Photo From ‘Alien: Covenant’

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Today is Ridley Scott’s 79th birthday and 20th Century Fox’s gift was one for us all: a new photo of the legendary director on set of the new chapter in the Alien franchise he started over 30 year ago, Alien: Covenant.

Originally dated for October 6, it was moved up to August 4 and recently moved again to May 19, the date on the recently-released teaser poster. It indicates Scott’s production speed is as swift as ever and a confidence in the Promtheus sequel, which star Michael Fassbender has called more horror-centric with the same epic, blockbuster scope of the first film.

Fassbender returns as the synthetic David (with a dual role as a newer model named Walter) alongside Noomi Rapace, who played Prometheus protagonist Elizabeth Shaw, the lone survivors of that film. They’re joined by franchise newcomers Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Billy Crudup, Jussie Smollett, and Carmen Ejogo, who play crewmembers of the colony vessel Covenant.

They discover an uncharted paradise that is really the Space Jockey aka Engineer homeworld, the location Shaw and a decapitated-but-functioning David departed for in one of the iconic Engineer horseshoe ships at the end of Prometheus. Shaw’s fate remains ambiguous, as the synopsis says the only inhabitant the crew of the Covenant find in this “dark and dangerous world” is David.

I can’t wait to see Fassbender act against himself. I admit I have a soft spot for the 2012 Alien prequel. My affection is equal parts as a Scott stan, a Fassbender stan, and because I love the good parts so much to ignore the bad (and holy hell, can it get bad).

Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19, which has gotta be bad news for the May 26 date of Alien-lite sci-fi thriller Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds.

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant find what they believe to be an uncharted paradise. What the crew discover is a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

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