In celebration of director Ridley Scott’s 79th birthday today, 20th Century Fox has tweeted out a photo that is supposedly from the set of Alien: Covenant, the upcoming sci-fi/horror film that will help bridge Prometheus with the director’s 1979 classic Alien.
The photo shows Scott on set next to what looks suspiciously like the same chair and telescope situation that held the infamous “Space Jockey” from the first film. Now, due to the angle, it’s unclear if there is an Engineer in the seat or if it’s empty. If it’s the former, then perhaps we’ll be seeing concrete evidence of this film connecting to the derelict spaceship found on LV-426 in the first film. That’s where the “Space Jockey” first made his appearance and we already know that the Engineers pilot the same kind of ships, thanks to Prometheus. However, if it’s the latter, then we’re going to have to wait until Alien: Covenant‘s sequel to get to the true connection.
Regardless, it’s a great image and it shows just how much detail and energy went into creating a physical set where the actors could immerse themselves in this universe.
In the film:
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.
Michael Fassbender is returning as Prometheus‘ android David, with Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Jobs, The Babysitters) leading a new 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).
Alien: Covenant comes out May 19th, 2017.