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Good Luck with Your Nightmares: The First ‘Alien: Covenant’ Trailer is Here

In space, it turns out, everyone can hear you scream—and pant and cry and just generally freak out as an extra-terrestrial xenomorph terrifies yet another crew in the first trailer for next year’s Alien: Covenant.

The hook of the new movie isn’t just that the trailer for Ridley Scott’s latest installment in the franchise echoes his original entry from 1979 (Katherine Waterston takes the Ripley-esque lead this time around, with other members of the doomed ship Covenant including Danny McBride and Billy Crudup); it’s that it’ll tie into events of 2012’s Prometheus, which showed a potential origin for the unstoppable murderous aliens at the center of the franchise.

That connection comes in the form of Michael Fassbender’s David, the android who survived the earlier movie before cameoing in a creepily calm way this time around. Fassbender pulls a Parent Trap in Covenant, however, playing a second android called Walter who helps out the Covenant crew… or, at least, claims that’s what he’s up to.

Of course, being a big franchise movie trailer that wants to unsettle, it’s inevitable that there’s a soundtrack that’s a slowed down version of a traditionally jolly song. This time around, it’s “Nature Boy.” Is there a clue about what the aliens want to be found in the lyrics of that song? Unlikely, unless there was an earlier version of the lyrics that replaced “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn / Is just to love and be loved in return” with “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn / Is to run away from the acid-blooding big-toothed monsters oh God run seriously,” which seems… unlikely…?

Alien: Covenant premieres May 19, 2017.

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