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Javier Botet Provided the Xenomorph Motion Capture for ‘Alien: Covenant’

There isn’t a more perfect man for the job.

How much of the Xenomorph action in Alien: Covenant is going to be computer-generated and how much was executed practically on set? At this time, we don’t really know, but we have seen a few fans grumbling about the CGI present in last night’s INCREDIBLE trailer. Personally speaking, I think the Xenomorph shown at the end looks absolutely amazing, so I’m not worried.

Who is the actor responsible for the motion capture work? Javier Botet, who has played some of the most terrifying creatures in recent years. He was the Crooked Man in The Conjuring 2, the Medeiros Girl in [REC], and the titular character in Mama, and we can be pretty certain that Botet’s iteration of the Xenomorph will be the scariest we’ve seen since the original film.

Dreams come true,” said Botet on Instagram, breaking the exciting news.

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

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.

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COMMENTS

12 Comments
  • Carlton Fisher

    So, are you contractually bound to use the “best imitation of Ellen Ripley” line in every single article about this film, or can you just not be bothered to take that miserable, derivative line out when you copy-and-paste?

    • Mehliens

      Thanks so much for this Bro

  • Khy

    Can’t wait to see him in IT later this year as well.

  • Mr. Dry

    Just yesterday I posted bout how Botet is a scream king and now he’s a fucking xenomorph too? A fucking horror icon.

  • J Jett

    John, i too thought the Ultramorph(?) at the end of the trailer looks amazing.

  • Sarigar

    I was just talking (griping) to a friend today about why they opted for CGI over putting Javier in an Alien costume for this movie. I guess this kind of splits the difference? Maybe they tried it practically and it didn’t work out as well.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      there will be practical effects with suit too

  • mightymo

    Looks good.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    ohh now that is cool

  • darkduo

    Nice

  • sliceanddice

    get that guy in a life cast suit and you have a cracking alien!

  • Dinglebobman

    Is that guy with the cowboy hat from jason X?

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