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Alien: Covenant release date gets moved forward in US

Alien: Covenant

Story by Jack Foley

THE US release date for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant has been moved forward by three months.

The film will now open on May 19, 2017, shifting from its previously announced August 4, 2017 date.

The announcement was made by Twentieth Century Fox on the same day that a teaser poster dropped, featuring the iconic alien from Scott’s original Alien movie, as well as a tagline of “run”.

In Covenant, Prometheus star Noomi Rapace will reprise her role as Dr Elizabeth Shaw alongside Michael Fassbender as the android David.

They will be joined by franchise newcomers Billy Crudup, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride and Carmen Ejogo.

An official synopsis released last November described the film as a second chapter in an Alien prequel trilogy, with the colony ship Covenant discovering a paradise world on the far side of the galaxy, only to learn it’s actually a dangerous world whose only inhabitant is David.

Prometheus teased elements of Alien, and included a creature that resembled a precursor to the xenomorph, but the film divided sci-fi fans, with some complaining that the film didn’t tie into the Alien universe more directly – particularly as it had started out as a direct prequel.

Fox’s decision to move the film’s release means it will now compete against horror sequel Annabelle 2 and Paramount’s Baywatch reboot, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.

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