The upcoming sci-fi-horror film Alien: Covenant is arriving next year and new information continues to build anticipation. The Ridley Scott-directed film is both a sequel to 2012’s Prometheus and another prequel to the 1979 classic, Alien.
So far, bits of news have provided some vague knowledge of what the film is about, with casting news having done the most to shed some light on the film's plot and its setting. The cast includes a returning Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, as well as newcomers Amy Seimetz, Billy Crudup, Carmen Ejogo, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, and Katherine Waterston.
Keeping Waterston in mind, a photo was posted on the official Twitter account for the Alien series, featuring the actress as well as Scott, with a message revealing news that filming on Alien: Covenant has officially wrapped. It should be noted that Waterston's look in the photo has more than a little in common with Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley in Aliens.
With filming wrapped, this means production is now moving into the next phase, which was also stated in the tweet and should likely lead to speculation as to when a real first look, beyond some stills and behind-the-scenes photos, will be made for the public. With 20th Century Fox having already announced the lack of a major presence at this year's Comic-Con International, it would seem as if fans will have to wait even longer than expected to get said glimpse.
Scott took some flack for Prometheus, but the series clearly still has a fan base looking forward to whatever he comes up with. Just coming off of the major success that was The Martian, it is great to see how the 78-year-old director has not decided to slow down at all. Regardless of film's receptions, Scott has always been an efficient director, so hopefully the screenplay will be up to the task of delivering an Alien film more fans will be able to appreciate.
In the meantime, there is that group of fans excited for the continued talks of a fifth Alien film that would return Weaver to the franchise, as well as Michael Biehn's Hicks and Carrie Henn's Newt from Aliens. The progress on that film was delayed when Scott's own Alien film was announced, but the reception of Prometheus has left some more curious about what happens next in this universe, rather than continuing to fill in gaps from the past. We'll just have to wait until next year to see how things turn out.
Alien: Covenant opens in theaters on August 4, 2017.