alien covenant characters

The Xenomorph may be the star of the Alien movies, but let’s face it: these movies wouldn’t have much staying power if the humans they were tearing apart didn’t make us care just a little bit. Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, the crew of the Nostromo, and the colonial marines on LV-426 aren’t just victims – they’re flesh-and-blood people we grow to love before they’re so violently torn away from us.

Alien: Covenant follows in the footsteps of its predecessors by offering up a strong ensemble of actors for the slaughter: Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Billy CrudupDemián Bichir, and more. And now, here’s everything we learned about the doomed crew of the colony ship Covenant after visiting the set last year.

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alien covenant set visit 2

Alien: Covenant is a horror movie. Everyone wants us to know this.

It’s a sentiment that comes entirely from an honest place. The audience reaction to 2012’s Prometheus was mixed, so when Fox assembled a group of journalists in Sydney, Australia to visit the set of the latest entry in the Alien series, they seemingly sent out a memo, suggesting that everyone make sure we understood this. And by the time the day was over, we understood it – Alien: Covenant isn’t just an Alien sequel, but a gnarly, blood-soaked horror movie filled with practical monsters. It’s Ridley Scott’s return to the horror genre, everyone insisted.

And it turns out that making a Ridley Scott horror movie means lots of puppets and silicon. And gallons of blood. And spaghetti.

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alien covenant prologue

If you were watching Legion this evening (and you really should be watching Legion!), you were offered a brief preview of looks like an extended clip from Alien: Covenant. The full scene has arrived online and it introduces us to the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which is venturing deep into space on a mission to establish human outposts on other planets. But it’s not actually a scene from the movie – it’s a short film called Prologue: Last Supper and it’s directed by Luke Scott, the son of director Ridley Scott.

While it probably doesn’t feature any footage from the actual movie, the short does offer something the final film probably will not: this group of people actually having a good time, with no running or screaming or eviscerations. Let’s see what we can gleam from it.

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Katherine Waterston in Alien: Covenant

Yesterday, we got our first look at the complete cast of Shane Black’s The Predator, so it makes perfect sense that today offers up our first look at the complete cast of Ridley Scott‘s Alien: Covenant. After all, these are the definitive science fiction/horror movie series, with the beasties at the center of both franchises even battling it out in the two Alien vs. Predator movies. It’s fun to imagine that rivalry extending beyond the screen – “Well, if they’re going to release a cast picture…”

So here we go: here is our first look at the Alien: Covenant cast gathered in one place.

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James Cameron Avatar

James Cameron is skeptical about the Alien franchise. In the 30 years since Cameron made Aliens, the series has repeatedly failed to live up to the high expectations set by Sir Ridley Scott‘s original film and Cameron’s sequel. The sixth installment in the franchise comes out this summer, Alien: Covenant, which Cameron will line up to see opening day, despite his reservations about another Alien sequel.

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the wailing remake

You should go watch The Wailing.

Unless subtitles make your eyes bleed and you hate terrifying movies, you have no excuse. Na Hong-jin‘s sprawling horror epic is currently streaming on Netflix, so wait until it gets dark outside, make yourself a snack, carve out 156 minutes, and hit play. Because man, this movie is something else. I’m not even sure how to begin to describe it, but I feel confident that it’s a movie that could only be set in South Korea and made by South Korean filmmakers.

In other news, it’s currently being considered for an American remake. Huh.

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Ridley Scott on the set of The Martian

At the age of 79, Ridley Scott is still going strong. After completing his last film, 2015’s The Martian, he wasted no time diving right into the upcoming Alien: Covenant. But although Scott continues to like making movies, it seems he doesn’t have much use for modern moviemaking trends. The director admitted that he is “concerned” about the future of cinema — expressing a particular distaste for superhero films, which he says have “no story.” Read More »

michael fassbender discusses alien

Prometheus polarizes plenty of Alien fans, but we can all likely agree Michael Fassbender‘s performance is not one of that film’s problems. David is curious, darkly funny, sinister, and, despite being an android, has the most interior life among thew crew of the Prometheus. We’ll see David return in next summer’s Alien: Covenant, but as we know, he’s not the only android played by Fassbender in Sir Ridley Scott‘s sequel.

Below, Michael Fassbender discusses his new Alien Covenant android and what to expect from him.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Photos: Everyone Looks Terrified

Alien Covenant - Jussie Smollett and Ridley Scott (BTS)

20th Century Fox’s Christmas present to the world this year was the Alien: Covenant trailer, and judging by the reactions, it’s exactly what fans were hoping would be waiting under their trees: a creepy, disgusting, flat-out terrifying return to form for the Alien franchise after the polarizing Prometheus. Even better, that trailer was just the start of it, as the Alien: Covenant marketing campaign is the gift that keeps on giving. Today, Fox has come back with more Alien-themed treats in the form of three new official photos from Covenant. Click through to see them all.  Read More »

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Alien Covenant Photo

One of 20th Century Fox’s most intriguing upcoming releases has to be Alien: CovenantRidley Scott‘s follow-up to 2012’s Prometheus. As the title suggests, this prequel ties more closely into the Alien franchise — but it also picks up where Prometheus left off, with the further adventures of the android David (Michael Fassbender).

I was lucky enough to attend an early presentation of footage from the film, featuring stars Katherine WaterstonAmy SeimetzCarmen EjogoDanny McBride, and more. Below, read an Alien: Covenant footage recap and my thoughts on what I saw.

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