The theatrical release of Alien: Covenant is just under a year away, and one of the most sought after details has finally emerged, answering curious fans’ inquiries as to what types of aliens they might be able to expect in the latest Alien/Prometheus installment. Actor Michael Fassbender, who reprises his David character from Prometheus in Ridley Scott’s new Alien: Covenant film, has been the first to reveal a new species of alien, going so far as to give us a name for the frightening new lifeforms. This will come in handy when the new aliens infiltrate our nightmares and cause us to wake up screaming.
Alien: Covenant Star Michael Fassbender Gives The Low-Down On The New Deadly Villains
[WARNING: The following article may contain information for “Alien: Covenant” that some may consider spoilerific. You have been warned!] While speaking to BBC Radio 2, Michael Fassbender revealed that Neomorphs will be the name of a new species of Alien that will appear in “Alien: Covenant”. In related news, AvP Galaxy is reporting several more details on the Neomorphs, including that they “are the result of the local ecosystem being mutated by the accelerant/black goo. Over time, pods started to grow on the trees and the ground, and release a spore when disturbed. These spores infect several members of the Covenant crew by entering the body through the ear and nostrils. The spores cause the growth of the Neomorphs inside the infected hosts – something that is reminiscent of William Gibson’s first draft of ‘Alien 3’. One of the Neomorphs bursts from the back of one of the infected crew, a ‘backburster’. The other crewmember’s Neomorph erupts through their throat. The births are preceded by the eruption of two small dorsal spikes. These spikes and a pointed skull are also used to break out of an embryonic sack (similar to the Deacon in ‘Prometheus’). The Neomorph resembles some of the older concept art of the proto-Aliens from ‘Prometheus’ (see above graphic), specifically the white colouration, with a pointed head and two dorsal spines. Upon birth, the Neomorphs move on all fours similar to the Bambi-burster from ‘Alien 3’.” “Alien: Covenant”, which also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Danny McBride, Katherine Waterston, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Billy Crudup, Alex England, Ben Rigby and Demian Bichir, is directed by Ridley Scott and hits theaters on August 4th, 2017. What do you think of these new details from “Alien: Covenant”? Let me know in the comments! #Neomorphs #AlienCovenant #RidleyScott #AlienParadiseLost #Prometheus2 #Prometheus #MichaelFassbender #RebeccaFerguson #DannyMcBride #KatherineWaterston #JussieSmollett #AmySeimetz #CarmenEjogo #CallieHernandez #BillyCrudup #AlexEngland #BenRigby #DemianBichir #Alien #Aliens #Alien3 #AlienResurrection #SigourneyWeaver #NoomiRapace #NeillBlomkamp #20thCenturyFox #MovieNewsNow
This reveal wasn’t something intended by filmmaker Ridley Scott in the hopes of garnering interest in Alien: Covenant. Blastr shares the news that Michael Fassbender’s big reveal during a BBC Radio 2 talk was an honest mistake, but, once the cat has been let out of the bag, there’s no putting it back. So, what exactly did Fassbender say? Not much.
Michael only shared the name of these new aliens, using the term Neomorphs, which is obviously a take on the traditional Xenomorph aliens seen in previous films. While Michael didn’t know much more about the creatures, he did say that Alien: Covenant would be far scarier than 2012’s Prometheus, suggesting that the Neomorphs will rank high in the lineage of facehuggers, chestbursters, and Xenormophs.
Further details about the Neomorphs came from a recent AvP Galaxy posting in which the details (spoilers) were given as to how Neomorphs come into being and the description seems to meld the conceptions of several other Ridley Scott creations.
“These Aliens are the result of the local ecosystem being mutated by the accelerant/black goo. Over time, pods started to grow on the trees and the ground, and release a spore when disturbed. These spores infect several members of the Covenant crew by entering the body through the ear and nostrils. The spores cause the growth of the Neomorphs inside the infected hosts – something that is reminiscent of William Gibson’s first draft of Alien 3. One of the Neomorphs bursts from the back of one of the infected crew, a ‘backburster.’ The other crewmember’s Neomorph erupts through their throat.”
As the creature erupts from its host, the Neomorph is revealed as a hybrid of the creatures seen in Prometheus and the “Bambi-burster” from Alien 3, which may go a long way to connecting the Alien and Prometheus storylines.
Alien: Covenant Star Michael Fassbender Gets Candid About His Love Affair With Alicia Vikander
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Two years ago, before Michael Fassbender started working on Alien: Covenant, he had joined the cast of The Light Between Oceans and, as Daily Mail reveals, it was then that Michael first met Alicia Vikander. As the two actors became acquainted, a romance developed between them and, after two years, they still remain a tightly knit couple. When asked about the relationship, Fassbender describes it as something that “just happened” over the course of time.
“It just happened,” says Fassbender. “It’s good that it happened. It is what it is.”
While Michael and Vikander have been working on The Light Between Oceans for some time, the film is just now nearing its release date and, hoping to increase interest for the drama, Mr. Fassbender diverts his interviews toward the Derek Cianfrance love story. The film is based on the M.L. Stedman novel of the same name, telling the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife. Together, the couple discovers an abandoned baby, which washes up on the shore near their isolated home.
“He and Isabel find themselves on this private island, on an endless honeymoon, which then becomes a prison.”
The Light Between Oceans premieres on September 2 in theaters.
Alien: Covenant is scheduled for an August 4, 2017 theatrical premiere.
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