In advance of Alien: Covenant arriving in theaters on May 19, director Ridley Scott joined stars Katherine Waterston and Danny McBride at the SXSW Film Festival for a screening of the original Alien, followed by new footage from Alien: Covenant. It was there that Fandango caught up with the trio to talk a little more about Covenant and how it differs from Prometheus (it’ll be gorier!), as well as how it all connects to Scott’s original 1979 Alien movie. Scott referenced both Fassbender’s android character David, as well as Noomi Rapace’s character, Elizabeth Shaw. They were the only two left alive at the end of Prometheus, and we cut away from the duo as they begin their search for the Engineers’ home world. We’ve known for a while that Rapace would return in some form for Covenant, but how and in what way remains a mystery. So we asked Scott how, exactly, Rapace would return. “Yes, in a way,” he said, confirming she’ll be in the film. “Not fully, but in a way. She was integral to what David carried out later.” Based on those comments it would appear David did something to her or used her in some way that will prove to be a central plot point as far as what David has been up to since we last saw him. You’ll see!” Waterston added.
“There are certain things you don’t want to know. You don’t want to know that!” Recently, Scott said he could continue making Alien movies as long as there’s an appetite for them, and that the next film is already written. We tried to ask him just how many were on the books now, and we warn you that the following may be a bit spoilery… “There will be another one before we kind of literally and logically, clockwise, back into the rear back head of [the original] Alien,” he said. We asked Scott what the timeline looked like – would it be Prometheus, Covenant and then this next movie before we arrive at the events of the original Alien. That’s when the answer became a bit foggy as it appears he slips in the title for another movie we haven’t seen yet and positions it between Prometheus and Covenant. “It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant.. fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way….” Waterston cut in again to stop Scott from spoiling any more information. “You’re giving away too much!” she screamed. “But yes, there will be more after this. I think that was the question.” To which Scott replied, “If this is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more.” While those answers all seemed like they came in pieces, what we got out of it was that there may be another Alien movie called Alien: Awakening, and it may either come after the events of Covenant or between Prometheus and Covenant. And that the next one would complete a trilogy, at which time Scott has another three Alien films in his mind.
We got to see an extended Alien: Covenant prologue a few days ago, one that focused on the many unimportant characters who will die horrible deaths at the hand of an incredibly scary creature on the new planet they plan to colonize. Itâ€™s now time to watch all hell break loose in a brand new clip that shows our humans in disarray after they come to realize theyâ€™re not alone on that planet. Ridley Scottâ€™s new Alien movie comes out May 19th, and we can only hope itâ€™ll be as good as the original. Whatâ€™s pretty clear from this trailer is that the scary-looking Alien is back. Well, technically, everything in Alien: Covenant happens before the original Alien movie. That pretty much means the Aliens will likely win this battle, no matter how many of them die. From the looks of this new trailer, itâ€™s going to be pretty difficult to kill one of these bastards. As always, the human characters and their handy Android, will not be ready for whatâ€™s about to hit them. The trailer also offers us a connection with Prometheus, which becomes immediately clear: somehow, itâ€™s the same advanced race of aliens to blame. And for those looking closely… still no Noomi in sight.
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.