This prologue was conceived by Scott in collaboration with creative consultants 3AM, and directed by his son Luke Scott (Morgan). It is a chance to see James Franco's (127 Hours) Captain Branson actually appear on screen (albeit briefly) and finds the crew in a rowdy mood. There is even a fun little nod to the original Alien.
Alien: Covenant finds Ridley Scott heading back to the Alien universe after Prometheus, and following a colony ship called the Covenant headed for a remote planet, a place that the crew initially thinks is an uncharted paradise but turns out to be dark and full of terrors. And the only inhabitant is synthetic life form David (Michael Fassbender), who claims to be the lone survivor of the Prometheus mission.
Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Amy Seimetz (You're Next), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills), Billy Crudup (Watchmen) and Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) make up the ship's crew, and it appears we will catch up with Noomi Rapace's Dr. Elizabeth Shaw. The eagle eyed amongst you will also notice a certain James Franco, now officially confirmed as part of the movie, playing Captain Branson. Plus we will be getting a double dose of Fassbender, as he is also playing another synthetic, this one named Walter.
Alien: Covenant will arrive in cinemas 19 May.