20th Century Fox has a very special Christmas gift for everyone who’s eagerly anticipating “Alien: Covenant” – the first theatrical trailer. Bad things first, there’s no sight of Noomi, and judging from how the story evolves it’s difficult to picture Elizabeth Shaw being any part of this new story. But let’s see. Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. “Alien: Covenant” hits theaters on May 19, 2017.
Whenever production wraps on a highly-anticipated movie, the countdown then begins for the first trailer to be unveiled. 20th Century Fox’s Alien: Covenant wrapped back in July. Today, fans are giving thanks for the unveiling of the first poster. This one-sheet not only gives us a look at the brand new Xenomorph alien, but it also reveals the surprising news that the movie will hit theaters three months earlier than originally planned, in the summer of 2017. The poster surfaced on 20th Century Fox’s official Twitter for the franchise, which could also indicate that the first trailer may be just around the corner, especially now that the release date was moved up three months. The poster reveals that the movie will now hit theaters May 19, 2017, going up against Paramount’s Baywatch remake, New Line’s horror sequel Annabelle 2, 20th Century Fox’s family sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and Open Road Films’ animated sequel The Nut Job 2. If it would have stayed in its August 4, 2017 date, it would be going up against Open Road Films’ All I See Is You and Blazing Samurai, along with Sony’s EmojiMovie: Express Yourself.
If the new trailer does arrive soon, then perhaps it will confirm the latest rumor about this sci-fi sequel. Actor Michael Fassbender revealed last month that he is actually portraying multiple android characters in Alien: Covenant. The actor will be reprising his role as the robot David from 2012’s Prometheus, but also another alien character named Walter. The actor also revealed that director Ridley Scott already had a cut of the movie assembled, calling the director “a machine,” which could be a factor into why the studio pushed the release date up three whole months. It’s worth noting that, if 20th Century Fox is planning on unveiling the first trailer soon, the studio could possibly attach the first footage to their action-packed video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed, which is set to hit theaters on December 21. It isn’t known what will be shown in the trailer, but hopefully it will give us a glimpse at the new Xenomorph shown on the poster in action. Even if the studio is planning a theatrical trailer release with Assassin’s Creed, the first footage may very well debut online before that date. Article courtesy Movieweb.
What a whirlwind this new “Prometheus” production has become for Noomi fans, according to Deadline. Even though Noomi Rapace emerged from Prometheus as one of the few survivors and the one who seemed most to want to follow the adventure forward with Michael Fassbenderâ€™s character, it was long reported she would not be back to reprise her role as Elizabeth Shaw in Ridley Scottâ€™s next installment Alien: Covenant. Maybe that has changed. Sources say Rapace is in Australia and on the set to shoot weeks worth of scenes in Scottâ€™s film, which brings back Fassbenderâ€™s robot character and has a cast that includes Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demian Bichir. Info is on lockdown, so weâ€™ll have to wait for the film to be released August 4, 2017, by Fox to see how it all worked out.
Although Ridley Scott recently said that Noomi Rapace would reprise her role â€” albeit briefly â€” as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw in Alien: Covenant, the director has now determined that the actress will actually not be returning for the upcoming Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel. Scott told the Daily Mail that Rapace will not be returning for Alien: Covenant, and added that heâ€™s still casting the main characters for the film, which includes Fassbender reprising his role as mischievous synthetic David and his Steve Jobs co-star Katherine Waterston as the leader of a new crew of explorers. The director also previously revealed that the new film is set about 10 years after the events of Prometheus, when a derelict crew happens upon a seemingly uncharted paradise and soon discovers that David is the planetâ€™s only inhabitant â€” which sounds pretty unnerving. Scott has also promised that the new trilogy of films will explore the origins of both the Xenomorphs and the Engineers, and will feature all forms of Xenomorph from egg to chest-burster to Queen. Alien: Covenant begins shooting this spring for a 2017 release date.
Ridley Scott’s last update on his Prometheus follow-up Alien: Covenant contained the surprising intel that, while Noomi Rapace is set to show up again as plucky scientist Elizabeth Shaw, she’ll only get a “minor part” this time, rather than the starring role. That’s now backed up by the news that Katherine Waterston has been cast in what sounds like the lead. Rebecca Ferguson had previously been linked to the character – possibly named “Daniels” – but Waterston is now locked in. She’ll also be in next year’s Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, and this year appeared with Joaquin Pheonix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and with Michael Fassbender in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs. Fassbender will reprise his android David in Covenant. Scott has also recently confirmed that, following the curveball of Prometheus, Convenant will be a full-on Alien movie. “There was always this discussion:” he says. “Is Alien, the character, the beast, played out or not?” Apparently not, since this time “Weâ€™ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.” Alien: Covenant is set to start shooting in March next year for a 2017 release.
Here’s a bummer for everyone who was expecting Noomi to headline the Prometheus sequel “Alien: Covenant”. These last days, one of the big concerns was coming about was the lack of word on Rapaceâ€™s character Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and whether or not weâ€™d be seeing her return. After all, Prometheus ended with Shaw taking Davidâ€™s (Michael Fassbender) head onto a ship where they began their travels to try and find the Engineerâ€™s home planet. However, talking with Screen Daily, director Ridley Scott confirmed that Rapace would return, although only for a â€śâ€¦minor partâ€ś. Scott plans on making this new Alien film the first in a brand new trilogy, one that will eventually, â€śâ€¦drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979.â€ť Alien: Covenant is expected to hit theaters on October 6th, 2017.
Article courtesy Empire. As Sir Ridley Scott prepares for the launch of his enormously satisfying sci-fi flick, The Martian, heâ€™s been talking, mostly to HeyUGuys, about his next movie: the sequel to Prometheus. Yesterday, he revealed that the title of the film was actually Alien: Paradise Lost, linking it directly to the franchise he started back in 1979. But it also set tongues wagging: what did this title mean? How do things tie into the Alien world? What does this mean for Neill Blomkampâ€™s mooted Alien sequel? And what the heck is going to happen to the disembodied head of Michael Fassbenderâ€™s David? Well, we spoke to Sir Ridley this afternoon (hear the full interview on next weekâ€™s Empire Podcast) and got some answers to those burning questions. On the title change, Sir Ridley said it had been a long time coming. At one point, Paradise was a possible title for Prometheus, but its origins stretch back further than that: â€śYears ago, I kept mulling over what Alien 2 could be. I was fiddling around with some ideas. I was always fascinated with why this thing [the xenomorph] would be made, by whom, and for what purpose? The planet it was on â€“ and I was looking at the dark side of the moon â€“ would be called Paradise. Paradise is a very ominous word…â€ť