The crowd erupted in cheers while watching a new sneak peek at Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” at the annual CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas on Thursday.
The new trailer showed a darkness take down an entire civilization while Michael Fassbender’s character David (who plays both David and Walter, so it could easily be Walter as well — they look very similar) watches from an epic-looking space ship. Throughout the rest of the footage, it becomes clear he won’t let humans start over on a new planet after leaving earth.
“The gods have rejected mankind as cruel, weak and full of greed,” Fassbender says in the trailer. “They are a dying species, grasping for resurrection. So they are leaving the earth forever.”
He continues, “But their power is an illusion. They don’t deserve to start again, and I’m not going to let them.”
The trailer is full of gore as different species (and yes — xenomorphs show up too) take down humans viciously. And Scott, who introduced the trailer remotely, said he just wants to scare audiences — which it seems he will accomplish easily.
Scott’s new movie has crew members of the colony ship Covenant bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. Soon they discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
“Alien: Covenant” is intended to be the start of a new trilogy of “Alien” films built on the events of “Prometheus.” Fassbender returns as David alongside Noomi Rapace, who played “Prometheus” protagonist Elizabeth Shaw.
Danny McBride, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Demian Bichir, Billy Crudup, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England and Benjamin Rigby round out the cast.
Jack Paglen and Michael Green wrote the script.
“Alien: Covenant” is set to hit theaters May 19, 2017.