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Fox Just Released an ‘Alien: Covenant’ Short Film That Introduces the Crew!

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Party with the Covenant crew before they have their last supper…

While we thought we were getting brand new footage from Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant tonight, Twentieth Century Fox had some even better in mind. Yesterday they promised a new look at the crew during tonight’s episode of “Legion”, instead they dropped a link to an entire short film.

This prologue, titled “Last Supper”, was conceived by Ridley Scott and 3AM, directed by Luke Scott, and produced by RSA Films. It introduces the crew of the mission as they gather for a final meal before entering cryosleep.

Set aboard the Covenant, a colonization ship on its way to a remote planet to form a new human settlement, the main crew (all couples) and their android, Walter(!), enjoy their final meal together before cryosleep. It truly will be their last supper….

The footage features our first looks at Michael Fassbender as the other android, Walter, not to mention James Franco as the Captain, and jokester Danny McBride who kicks off the party. The scene, however, is actually one big nod to Scott’s Alien; the fun comes to an end when one of the crew members begins to choke. The sequence is reminiscent of the late John Hurt’s famous Alien scene in which audiences were first introduced to the chest burster. Katherine Waterston, in her insanely badass jacket, ends the short with an inspirational speech and a toast to the Covenant…

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Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Jobs, The Babysitters), doing her best impersonation of Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), stars with Michael Fassbender returning as Prometheus‘ android David (and Walter), with a crew that includes Demian Bichir and Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”), as well as Alex England (Gods of Egypt), Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz (A Horrible Way to Die, “The Killing”), Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), Carmen Ejogo, and Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills). James Franco also has a role, which was confirmed in this fun crew photo.

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition

Speaking of “Last Supper”, the red band Alien: Covenant trailer and Christmas share this interesting connection.

Scott had previously promised to answer questions that left Prometheus viewers confused: “Covenant is really going to show you who did it and why.”

Alien: Covenant takes off for Paradise on May 19, 2017.

Katherine Waterston in Ridley Scott's ALIEN COVENANT. Photo credit: Mark Rogers and FOX



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COMMENTS

36 Comments
  • Daniel Alderson

    Oh good. I always wanted to see Danny McBride in space being Danny McBride. In an Alien movie. Said me. Never meaning it. I honestly thought he might be playing a character. Not himself. Boring.

    • Nealus

      Danny McBride playing himself is pretty fucking awesome actually. You know when the xenos show up he’s going to bring it. I think he has more range than you give him credit for and he’s kind of a rags to riches story. Seems like a stand up guy and it’s nice to see him getting work like this.

      • James

        That’s the real question here. When things get serious, will he be able to pull it off.

      • Daniel Alderson

        I like him a lot. And was hoping for exactly what you describe, to see him do something different…but based on this short, I was immediately disappointed. I was hoping for something more surprising than ‘just do 90% McBride’.

  • Rohan

    James Franco gets sick and dies in Cryo. I’m calling it.

    • One-Eye

      I hope so.

      I’m not a fan.

    • Nealus

      James Franco is a boss but yeah I’m pretty sure he’s going to die in cryo.

      • The Fucked Up

        Nah, he’s gonna cut off his own arm, then kick alien ass

  • Dr Manhattan

    I don’t know what the hell they are trying to do with Katherine Waterston, but if Scott try to make a Ripley out of her, it isn’t going to work. If Rapace couldn’t pull it off, just stop right there trying to make a remake, it’s not because you cut Katherine’s hair and made her a little less pretty that she is going to be the new Sigourney.
    This piss me off beyond reason. If he wants so desperately to create a new Ripley, I don’t know, he had Theron on Prometheus who would have been able to pull it off, but he killed her stupidly. Does he even know what he is doing? He gets amazing casts and possibility, but fucks it up to revive the time where he was talented. Except he is not anymore.
    Anyway the more I see footage of this movie the less I want to watch it. This “short film” is even stopping me from wanting to go see it in the theater.

    • Nealus

      Hey man. He’s got a penchant for strong female leads. They don’t all have to be compared to Ripley. Calm the fuck down.

      • Dr Manhattan

        I don’t need to calm down, I’m not trying to strangle him.
        And there is a difference between various strong female lead and a copy paste of his previous biggest heroine. It’s called lack of creativity. And really bad casting too.

    • Very well said, dude!

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      i dont agree with you at all but this short has nothing to do with the actual movie, is not even directed by Scott

      • Dr Manhattan

        Was it not Scott’s characters figuring in this short? Yeah, right. They are.

        Anyway I guess we should get used to see every great franchise get a weird/shitty remake/follow up. Directors/writers seems to have difficulty finding new ideas. I don’t know if it’s Scott or Logan to blame for Covenant, but since they put Scott’s name everywhere…

        But hey, great for you if you like it! It’s not often that we see horror movies getting a big release.

      • J Jett

        Nahuel, what are you talking about? this video has NOTHING to do with the actual film? it’s the characters in the ALIEN COVENANT movie. this video does a good job at showing who will probably end up being shifty/villainous (Crudup & Carmen Ejogo). it also establishes some (IMO) great natural/organic chemistry (friendship) between the characters. etc. etc.

        not sure why you think it has nothing to do with the actual film.

  • One-Eye

    Luke Scott directed this? I’m pretty sure I’m the only person on the planet who liked MORGAN.

    • Nealus

      Didn’t catch Morgan but I know Ridley produced. Looked interesting though.

    • d00dmuc

      Just watched Morgan, thought it was great.

    • J Jett

      One-Eye, i didn’t hate MORGAN. i just wish they had not completely removed the major storyline plot point of Morgan’s special abilities (like her telekinesis, etc.) that the trailers had overtly revealed she had at one point. at one point in the film they have Morgan (using her telekinesis) to turn the lights/power off so she can escape the lab but then they never have her use it again. in the trailers it shows her using her powers to attack Paul Giamatti’s character (which looked pretty cool!) but that never ended up in the film. they just removed that plot point altogether leaving Morgan not really being all that “special” (or whatever). she was a good fighter but that’s really about it.
      i did really love the fight sequence between Morgan & _____ (trying not to spoil it) at the end and Anya Taylor-Joy and Rose Leslie were great in the film!

  • Nealus

    I am so psyched for this film. The cast seems to meld together nicely and I fucking love Danny McBride. Keep it coming Ridley. Nice to see everyone having a little fun before shit really hits the fan. I have a feeling that’s the last we’ll see of Franco though. They’re going to pull a Hicks and kill him off in cryo. Waterston is charming and I think she’ll play a nice homage to Ripley. May can’t some soon enough and the food, most certainly, is not that bad. All ya’ll haters should back off. Go fap to the new Star Wars title and let us enjoy our sci-fi franchise of choice.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    this has nothing to do with the actual movie, which is a good thing

  • Mace Elliott

    This is worrisome.

  • DS Ullery

    I quite enjoyed this. I like how it effectively tapped into the premise of this being a mission populated in part by blue collar workers as well as scientists, cultivating a sense of everyday, working class people whose jobs just happen to require space travel. To me, that’s why Alien worked so well: The characters were relatable. I could see hanging out and having a beer with this crew, which suggests it will matter more when they eventually have their fateful encounter and start dying. If this is indicative of the finished film, I think it will hit the mark.

    • J Jett

      well said DS. i agree!

  • palat

    I can believe that “one day” protocols will be looser and all crew will
    be able to not so tight ass and serious on a mission, but I’m pretty
    sure it shouldn’t be recommended to drink alcohol before going into cryo
    sleep. ANYHOW minus this detail, that fake mission speech with shitty
    drama music turned me off so badly, that I began rooting for Fassbinder
    as his look expressed that he already knew all these awful characters
    will eventually die (minus Ripley #2, which is so depressing since
    evident, unless it becomes the real twist, which would then be lovely).
    But that crap dialog, yikes… Let’s hope Ridley redeems himself from
    that Prometheus script, which had good ideas but never really explored
    them as the movie was again about shitty characters and ridiculous
    choices.

  • Graham

    I really appreciate that there’s a gay couple in this. My interest in this definitely just increased, and I was already looking forward to it.

    • J Jett

      i only just now watched this video and was pleasantly surprised seeing a gay couple in the film! i very much liked the friendly/natural energy/chemistry between the characters (at least as seen in this video).

      • Howie

        YEAH BECAUSE COLONIZATION IS ALL ABOUT GAY SEX. WHAT SHIT. MORE LIBERAL HOLLYWOOD PUSHING SICK AF GAY AGENDA DOWN OUR THROATS.

        • ItsTrumpCare

          Sounds like you like it down your throat. What a hater you are. You are obviously REALLY fun at parties. If you get invited to any…

  • blueskythis

    I want to watch this but I can’t because i do not want this snippet to ruin my expectations of the film but… ok I watched a little and its great to see some investment in the characters before they are – eventually – torn apart – for me this increases the tension and horror of the film… looking forward to it. I think its a great idea to release unrelated short films about characters (as long as there aren’t any spoilers) before you go and see the actual movie… that way you can go and see the movie emotionally invested, or not.

  • J Jett

    i just now watched the video and after reading so many negative comments (on various sites) about the dialogue etc. i was nervous about the short film but i actually liked it a lot. the cast seems to have a believable, organic chemistry/energy with each other. this video definitely sets up who the shifty/possibly villainous characters will be. oh and now having seen some of Katherine Waterston in this role, i really don’t think she’s trying to be Ripley 2.0 (and hopefully in the actual movie Ridley/the writers haven’t tried to create Ripley 2.0 with her character). this short film/video made me more optimistic/excited about the film (after the somewhat disastrous/way too spoilery trailer).

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    that’s a good start

  • Khy

    This movie will make 2017

  • Howie

    SAME EXACT SCENE FROM ALIENS. WHAT A RIP OFF. SAME CHARACTERS TOO. AT LEAST IN THIS ONE IT’S AN AMERICAN CAST UNLIKE LAST ONE WITH ALL THE BRITISH AND OTHERS INVOLVED. SO THIS IS JUST A REMAKE OF ALIENS AS IT’S IN SAME TIME FRAME AS ALIENS WITH “RUMOR” OF BUGS AT A COLONY ON ANOTHER PLANET.

    • ItsTrumpCare

      It’s a prequel! How new can it get? It needs to be in the same realm to make sense. Don’t go see it, they won’t miss you at all.

  • Anthony DeRouen

    This was pointless, and more evidence all sense of originality has floating off into space. Might all well throw in Seth Rogen!

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