Michael Fassbender is back as the android David in a new 'Alien: Covenant' photo.

By Nick Romano
December 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST
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Prometheus will have at least one major connection to Alien: Covenant, other than the ferocious space beasts: David. A new photo from the sequel teases the return of Michael Fassbender as the calculating android.

The image, which is the latest in a series of looks posted to the Alien social media accounts this week, sees David sitting at a lonely piano in a white room. This is perhaps a nod to the character’s appearance in Prometheus: during a montage sequence early on, David performed his chores while listening to Chopin’s “Raindrop” prelude for piano.

On the other hand, the image might instead be a look at Walter, a new android also played by Fassbender in Covenant. “I think Walter’s a real different kettle of fish,” the actor told ComingSoon. “David was definitely a work-in-progress, somewhat of a prototype I suppose. The elements of him that were the human elements I think people found a little disturbing, so Walter’s more of a straightforward robot. Pretty logical, much more of a servant without the ego.”

The film takes its name from the Covenant colony ship, which is bound for a remote planet in a distant part of the galaxy. They believe to have discovered an uncharted paradise of sorts, but they find David to be the only visible survivor. Spoiler alert! Things take a turn for the worse.

See the new image below.

Other teasers released this week include snapshots of soldiers snaking through tall grass, a close-up of the ship’s sleep pods, one particularly bloody doctor’s visit, and a familiar, ominous hallway.

EW also debuted an image of Katherine Waterston as Daniels, the new heroine at the center of this story. Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley was distrustful of A.I. after one of them betrayed her in the worst way possible in the original films. We wonder how Daniels will react to David.

Alien: Covenant is scheduled for release on May 19, 2017.

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