March 1, 2017


'Alien: Covenant' Trailer: The Scariest Space Monsters Are Back for 'Prometheus' Sequel

Alien: Covenant, its new trailer confirms, will be terrifying, steeped in mythology and xenozoology, and filled with a pleasantly surprising amount of Danny McBride. The franchise's sixth film's plot details the "first ever large-scale colonization mission," comprised of a bunch of couples—and Michael Fassbender's creepy Prometheus cypher—arriving on the good ship Covenant.

Also, as with Prometheus in 2012, a variety of mysterious structures and caverns and signs and creatures are promised. The money shot is the full-frontal appearance of Alien's No. 1 extraterrestrial form, the xenomorph. And the tagline? “The path to paradise begins in hell."

Director Ridley Scott is back; he helmed the 1979 original and skipped the three subsequent sequels before resurrecting the franchise from a 15-year cryosleep with a pseudo-prequel. Since Prometheus—which earned $403 million worldwide—he's made The Martian, Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Counsellor.

Aside from Fassbender, the cast is all new, featuring Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo and James Franco, who we're guessing purposely doesn't appear in this trailer.

Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19, a full five years after its predecessor. The most fastidious Alien-heads are out there breaking down the trailer nine ways from Sunday, if you're ready.

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