Three new images were just released from the forthcoming Alien: Covenant, as well as several new “crew messages” which showcase the ships’ crew before their lives turn upside down thanks to Alien Xenomorphs and the newly revealed Neomorph.
There are several new images that were just released, including one of the newest Alien known as the ‘Neomorph,’ which made its debut during the 15 minutes of footage screened at SXSW last month. These images may be considered potentially SPOILER-inducing so anyone wanting to go forth completely cold when Alien: Covenant hits theaters should probably avoid them.
The image of the Neomorph is reminiscent of Henry Fuseli’s 1781 oil painting The Nightmare, depicting a demonic incubus slouching on top of a woman’s chest. The painting is often associated with haunting sexuality; the notion that our nightmares are often crushing us when we were feeling the most vulnerable. Given Ridley Scott’s storied career in the arts as a filmmaker, it wouldn’t be surprising if he took inspiration when composing this shot of the Neomorph chowing down on some poor person:
The design of the new Alien was also taken from Scott’s fascination with nature documentaries and the concept is reminiscent of a goblin shark, itself a living nightmare. “Some of those nature videos are so stomach-churning that they don’t pay me enough to watch them,” shudders Alien: Covenant screenwriter John Logan. “But Ridley will see something to do with insects swarming, for example, which eventually finds its way into a movie. Usually there’s some sort of grotesqueness we find interesting.”
The other two images shows a figure unleashing the pods from Prometheus (the ones filled with that nasty black goo) onto the Engineer planet; the second has Michael Fassbender’s David with Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland, which is reportedly part of the movie’s opening, a flashback sequence showing David’s creation:
In addition to Empire’s new images, there are several new “Crew Messages” with Katherine Waterston’s Daniels, Billy Crudup’s Oram, Danny McBride’s Tennessee, Tess Haubrich’s Rosenthal, and Demián Bichir’s Lope. The videos are meant to resemble comm recordings aboard the Covenant, long before their journey descends into a literal hell of alien attacks. McBride’s video naturally has him doing the kind of riffing we expect from the comedic actor. The actors wore GoPro’s to record much of their personal character’s journey and a lot of that footage is utilized in these crew messages’ promos, which really do just act like clever advertisements, complete with footage from the movie and, of course, the film’s release date.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and James Franco.
Alien: Covenant will open in theaters on May 19.
Images: 20th Century Fox