Alien: Covenant hit theaters this weekend and it is already proving to be a huge success at the box office. The Hollywood Reporter is projecting that Ridley Scott’s sequel to Prometheus will gross $40 million over the course of its opening weekend in North America alone.
If you need a crash course on Alien: Covenant, this feature will help to prepare for the sequel to the Alien prequel. Yes, it can be confusing. Hence, the need for a bit of an Alien franchise refresher. Below are some fast facts about the cast of Alien: Covenant, along with everything else you need to know about Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel starring Michael Fassbender.
Was there a movie before Alien: Covenant?
Yes, Alien: Covenant is a sequel to the 2012 Alien prequel, Prometheus, which starred Michael Fassbender. Fassbender reprises his role as the android David in Alien: Covenant.
Like Alien: Covenant, Prometheus centered on a crew aboard a spaceship, who have the misfortune of slowly learning a malevolent force is along for the ride. Just as Prometheus shared its title with the ship its characters are on, so does Alien: Covenant.
How is the original Alien: Covenant related to Prometheus and the Alien franchise?
Alien: Covenant takes place after the events of 2012’s Prometheus and before the original, 1979 film Alien, which started the entire Alien franchise.
What is Alien: Covenant about?
According to Twentieth Century Fox’s official website, Alien: Covenant is about the following:
“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.”
What can I expect from Alien: Covenant?
Expect more gruesome sequences of alien creatures hunting down a ship full of people. Alien: Covenant might also feature a lighter side. The casting of actor Danny McBride as one of the ship’s crew members suggests there is at least some comedic relief in store for audiences, anxiously awaiting the next acidic appearance of the titular Alien.
Who are some of the cast members starring in Alien: Covenant?
As previously mentioned, actor Michael Fassbender returns to the Alien franchise in dual roles. In Alien: Covenant, Fassbender will reprise the role of David from Prometheus as well as starring as a new character, Walter. New to the Alien franchise are the following cast of actors.
- Katherine Waterston
- Billy Crudup
- Danny McBride
- Demian Bichir
- Carmen Ejogo
- Jussie Smollett
- Callie Hernandez
Who do the cast members play in Alien: Covenant?
Screen Rant has a breakdown of Alien: Covenant and its cast of characters. The guide includes an in-depth look at Fassbender’s new and old role, as well as Waterston’s, Bichir’s, and Crudup’s, among others.
What is Alien: Covenant rated?
Following in the footsteps of the previous installments in the Alien franchise, Alien: Covenant is rated R. In his review of the film, Variety‘s Peter Debruge described Alien: Covenant as a “hard-R.”
How long is Alien: Covenant?
According to IMDb, Alien: Covenant is two hours and two minutes long.
Is Alien: Covenant the final installment in the Alien prequels?
No. In September 2015, The Guardian reported on an interview Alien director Ridley Scott had done with FilmFutter, in which he stated his plans for Alien: Covenant to be followed by more prequel films before the franchise catches up with the original Alien film’s timeline.
What are the critics saying about Alien: Covenant?
Quick reminder, when can I watch Alien: Covenant?
You can watch Michael Fassbender and the rest of the Alien: Covenant cast in Ridley Scott’s sequel to the Alien prequel Prometheus in theaters now.
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