It’s no small secret that work has begun on Alien; Covenant, Ridley Scott‘s follow-up prequel sequel to Prometheus and the Alien universe. Many are looking at Covenant with a sense of reserved anticipation; Prometheus left a lot of people disappointed, but Scott’s last film, The Martian, showed that so far as his sci-fi chops go, he’s still got it. So keeping all that in mind there’s this piece, a new official photo from the set of Katherine Waterson in character as the female lead, Daniels. Obviously, not much has yet been revealed about her, or anything regarding Covenant, but if you take a look at the photo, Scott is definitely invoking Alien heroines of the past in this one.
This comes courtesy of the Facebook page and is captioned “Nowhere to run.” Yikes. Hope that’s commentary and not a spoiler that we’re near the untimely end of Daniels. But seriously, you’ll not that this woman’s definitely been painted into a corner here. Something’s on fire down the hall, she’s got what looks like a gun next to her, and she’s covered in sweat, which probably isn’t caused because the crew’s trying to create beach weather on this starship. On top of that, Waterson is definitely sending out some strong Ripley vibes in this picture, almost like she was ripped from the set of Aliens, which wasn’t the previous Scott contribution to the series, but is a step in the right direction nonetheless.
To refresh your memory:
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.
The movie stars Waterson, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smolett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, with Billy Crudup and Michael Fassbender
Alien: Covenant will be in theaters everywhere on August 4, 2017.