20th Century Fox has released the latest footage from Alien: Covenant, being described as “a new chapter in [Ridley Scott’s] groundbreaking Alien franchise” and a sequel to 2012’s Prometheus: a four-minute prologue to the film, in which the crew of the colony ship Covenant enjoys a final meal before going into cryosleep.
What’s immediately interesting is that the crew is made up of all couples plus their android, Walter (Michael Fassbender, who played android David in Prometheus). After their captain (James Franco) departs the cockpit to start his long sleep early, his wife (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’s Katherine Waterston) and the rest of the crew eat, gamble, carouse, toast, and thankfully don’t recreate the iconic scene from the original Alien—though there is a moment where you think it might go that way…
Really sweet, right? It’s a great way to introduce the crew before they land on the planet they’ve been searching for and all hell breaks loose:
The official synopsis, from 20th Century Fox, doesn’t give much away, but feel free to speculate:
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.
The movie stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby.
Alien: Covenant explores new worlds on May 19.