The red band trailer for "Alien: Covenant" shows glimpses of everything audiences expect from an "Alien" film: strange planetary vistas, sleek dropships, androids, and of course the eyeless, drooling, terrifying alien itself, painting the screen in blood as it murders its way through the cast (video below).
But "Alien: Covenant" is a movie that starts on an optimistic note, according to star Katherine Waterston.
The "Covenant" in the title is the name of a vast colony ship carrying people who volunteered to cross the stars to populate a new home, the actress told journalists during a January press event to promote the upcoming movie.
"Most of the people on the ship are couples," Waterston said, reports Den of Geek. "And then there are all of these colonists who are in a cryo-sleep."
What they don't realize, as they touch down on their new home, is that the android David (Michael Fassbender) crash landed there decades ago after escaping the horrors of 2012's "Prometheus," bringing with him the biological weapon that gestates xenomorph hybrids inside human hosts.
With just a few months before the long-awaited "Alien: Covenant" hits theaters, the producers are inching back the curtains, giving fans a taste of what's in store when the movie officially opens on May 19.
A synopsis released by 20th Century Fox says "Covenant" will tie in directly to director Ridley Scott's 1979 original "Alien," which is still considered one of the greatest science fiction movies ever made, four decades after it terrified audiences.
That's a point the cast is eager to make after "Prometheus" underwhelmed devotees of the franchise.
"It’s much scarier than 'Prometheus' but it’s got the same sort of scope of 'Prometheus,'" Fassbender told Collider. "It’s kind of got more of the sort of thriller, imminent disaster feel that 'Alien' had, so it’s kind of a beautiful meeting of both of those films."
Waterston and Fassbender are joined by Danny McBride ("Eastbound and Down," "Your Highness"), Demian Bichir ("The Hateful Eight") and James Franco.