Watch the four-minute prologue for Alien: Covenant

The "Alien: Covenant" 2017 movie will serve as a sequel to "Prometheus" but a prequel to the "Alien" franchise starring Sigourney Weaver. Let's see what we can gleam from it. A new trailer and cast photo have just been released, revealing James Franco's character and how the new film will pay homage to the original "Alien" film.

The short film was directed by Scott's son Luke Scott and is appropriately titled Prologue: Last Supper.

According to the YouTube clip's description, the prologue shows us the "main crew (all couples) and their android, Walter, enjoy their final meal together before cryosleep". On a different angle, the team in the very first movie was always a whisker away from killing each other, a thrilling dynamics that helped give the iconic movie such an unnerving and bleak vibe.

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It's safe to assume that most of these characters will not survive. It's also kind of thrilling to see that Alien: Covenant will introduce the franchise's first LGBT characters, played by Bichir and Dean. His reaction to two male crew members kissing is also typical of McBride - any potential discomfort is disarmed by a self-deprecating joke about his own sexuality.

Alien: Covenant floats into theaters May 19.

In space, no-one can fail to hear you make thinly veiled allusions to oncoming extra-terrestrial disaster. The film opens May 19 in the United States and UK and May 18 in Australia. In a nod to Alien, he even comes to the aid of one of the crew who starts choking, though in her case, it's nothing more than some going "down the wrong pipe". We all know disaster is about to strike. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, unsafe world - whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

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