Ridley Scott has learned the following from five decades of directing: “It’s hard to scare people,” he says. “It’s a lot easier to make people laugh. But to really scare the sh– out of somebody? That’s difficult.”
Scott has been doing exactly that ever since we saw a monster burst out of a man’s chest in 1979’s Alien. That cover-your-eyes kind of fear looks to continue with Alien: Covenant, about the crew of a colony ship who think they’ve found a great new planet when — surprise! — it turns out to be a terrifying one they need to escape. If 2012’s kinda-sorta Alien prequel Prometheus was confusing, Scott says this film will provide some answers. “Covenant is really going to show you who did it and why.”
Michael Fassbender returns as David alongside Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollet, and — looking an awful lot like a certain heroine of old — Katherine Waterston, who most recently starred in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Waterston was wowed by her director. “He’s a master! He’s got the energy of 10 25-year-olds,” she says. Plus, “he’s sadistic. He loves the thought of making people scream in a cinema.”
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Alien: Covenant will launch into theaters on May 19.