Prometheus 2, which has now become Alien: Covenant to tie it closer to the classic franchise after the mixed reception to the prequel, has been shooting for a while now. The first image has arrived, via the Alien Facebook page.
It features Katherine Waterston, who is the new female lead (Noomi Rapace may make a small appearance, but won’t have a large role). Covenant isn’t completely ignoring Prometheus though, as it will follow what happened after Michael Fassbender and Rapace left the alien planet, in search of the engineers that apparently created the human race.
The recently released synopsis states: ‘Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus, Alien: Covenant connects directly to Ridley Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.’
Ridley Scott is once more directing, with an August 2017 release date set.