With Alien: Covenant, Sir Ridley Scott returns to the sci-fi/horror universe that he launched back in 1979, then revived for a series of prequel stories in 2012 with Prometheus. There are a lot of questions about the Alien saga that Ridley Scott tries to answer with Alien: Covenant. (Read our review of it here.) Speaking of questions and answers, we had several when we hosted Danny McBride, Billy Crudup and Jussie Smollett at the Facebook Media Center in New York City for an exclusive chat between the Alien: Covenant cast and CinemaBlend. Did you miss it? You can watch the whole thing right now:
In Alien: Covenant, a ship carrying thousands of passengers en route to a safe and hospitable planet encounters a disturbance that knocks them off course. They immediately lose key crew members, including their captain. The survivors, prompted by their helpful android Walter (Michael Fassbender), reroute their ship to a nearby planet that acting captain Christopher Oram (Billy Crudup) thinks might be as hospitable as the planet to which they were heading.
Only, when they arrive on this new planet, things are... not good. And to reveal any more would be to spoil. So what I can do is point you to this trailer that we have for Alien: Covenant, as it might fill you in on a few more juicy details.
Alien: Covenant is a strange but fascinating hybrid, a sequel to the events of Prometheus that continues to bridge the gap and lead audiences to the original Alien movie. However, outside of the android David (also played by Michael Fassbender), there are no characters carrying over from either film, as Ridley Scott and his screenwriters have chosen to introduce a new stable of personalities for the Xenomorphs to hunt and kill. The standouts include Katherine Waterston as Daniels, Danny McBride as Tennessee, Demian Bechir as Lope, Amy Seimetz as Faris, and Jussie Smollett as Ricks.
Will there be more Alien movies? We believe so. Sir Ridley Scott has been saying that he knows the story leading up to the original Alien film, though he has wavered on the number of Prometheus sequels he'd like to tell. So long as the audiences come back for more stories, I have a feeling Ridley wants to stay in the Alien business for as long as possible.
Look for Alien: Covenant in theaters on May 19. And comment below on our Facebook Live with the cast, broadcast from the Facebook Media Center in New York City.