New 'Alien: Covenant' Photos Go A Long Way To Confirming That R-Rating

The steady stream of Alien: Covenant news over the past few days suggests that we'll be seeing the first trailer for Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel soon enough (perhaps as soon as this weekend, if rumors are true). In the meantime, we can just enjoy these new images, one that teases a familiar location and one that seems to make good on the early word that this will be an R-rated motion picture.

Like the most recent round of Alien Covenant photos, these pictures come our way via the Alien Anthology Twitter account. They also don't appear to be stills from the film, but pictures taken on set. Still, there's plenty to for the already initiated Alien fan to appreciate here, starting with this familiar corridor:

That inherently unsettling architecture is the work of the Engineers, the mysterious aliens that seemingly created the human race as well as the Xenomorphs themselves. We got our first look at their distinctive design work and technology back in 1979's Alien, but we didn't learn its actual origins until 2012's Prometheus.

The second picture is more visceral, in the literal sense of the word:

After all, is it really an Alien movie if there isn't blood and guts and bowels and brains splattering the walls and windows of spaceships and/or human facilities? If you exclude the first Alien vs. Predator movie (which would be a wise move beneficial to both your emotional and mental health), this entire series hasn't been shy with the red stuff. How do you even consider making a movie about the universe's perfect killing machine without tearing a cast of unsuspecting humans into tiny pieces?

Alien: Covenant opens on May 19, 2017. You can probably expect the first trailer to drop any time now. Here's the official synopsis:

Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus, Alien: Covenant connects directly to Ridley Scott's 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.