April 27, 2016 at 05:03 PM EDT

Alien: Covenant

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
release date
12/17/15
Limited Release Date
12/17/15
Wide Release Date
12/17/15
performer
Katherine Waterston
director
Ridley Scott

As a part of the Alien Day celebration, the fine folks behind Ridley Scott’s confusingly titled Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant released the first photo from the set, where production recently began.

What is it? you ask. Is it Michael Fassbender’s head in a bag? Or a headstone bearing Elizabeth Shaw’s name and an explanation for why she won’t be appearing in the sequel? Nope, it’s a patch carrying the name of the omnipresent and ominous Weyland-Yutani Corporation. The company has apparently undergone the merger we knew was on the horizon during Prometheus, moving the events of this franchise closer to the Alien timeline.

Also telling are the winged figures facing each other, no doubt familiar to anyone with a passing knowledge of biblical iconography… or Raiders of the Lost Ark. These angels are traditionally incorporated on the Ark of the Covenant, the chest that contained the stone tablets on which the Hebrew God inscribed the Ten Commandments.

Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, and Danny McBride. We can’t stress enough that Danny McBride is in this movie.

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