With only a couple months until Ridley Scott’s follow-up to Prometheus, 20th Century Fox is ramping up their marketing push.
The latest example is a short film called “Prologue: Last Supper” – and it’s got a familiar theme. Perhaps the most iconic scene in 1979’s Alien is when the crew gathers for a meal (supper?) and John Hurt has his chest evacuated by a nasty little bugger, preceded by a coughing fit.
This new short doesn’t go that far, but it does give us a familiar setting and reveals a little bit about the crew. James Franco is Captain of the Covenant, while Danny McBride’s ‘Tennessee’ is the pilot. Billy Crudup’s role isn’t totally clear, but he seems to be the resident kiss-ass, and it is obvious he’s no fan of McBride. Then our lead, Daniels – played by Katherine Waterston – would appear to have something going on with the Captain. Check it out:
So as the short begins, Daniels is getting a check up from Michael Fassbender’s Walter; A ‘synthetic person’ the same model as ‘David’ from Prometheus. Walter’s examination would seem to be in preparation for the long journey ahead, and the long sleep in cryo. I did enjoy the multiple throwbacks to the original film, both visual and through dialogue:
“The food ain’t that bad baby.” – Parker (Alien, 1979)
“Babe, the food’s not that bad.” – Tennessee (Alien: Covenant, 2017)
It’s Walter’s reaction here (following the chestburster fake-out) that goes the opposite of Ash – the android from Alien – as he methodically steps in to stop the choking, whereas Ash just looked on in curiosity. After the events of Prometheus, it’ll be hard for the audience to trust Walter, given his strong resemblance to David, but the same was true when we were introduced to Bishop in Aliens – the synthetic person is always a tossup in this franchise.
The film will tell the story of a group sent to colonize a new planet. Undoubtedly, most of said group won’t survive to complete their task, as this film looks to dig back into the horror roots that the franchise was built on. We also know that Noomi Rapace will reprise her role as Elizabeth Shaw, and that Fassbender will pull double duty as David again. We don’t know how big a role these two characters will play yet, but their presence will maintain a strong connection to the previous film.
Alien: Covenant will hit theaters May 19.