The trailer for the next ‘Alien’ movie is here, and it’s gory and chilling

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Katherine Waterston in “Alien: Covenant.”
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Fox has dropped the first trailer for the “Alien: Covenant” movie, Ridley Scott’s latest dive into the legendary sci-fi franchise he began back in 1979 with “Alien.”

Set 10 years after the events of 2012’s “Prometheus,” “Alien: Covenant” is the second entry in a planned prequel “Alien” series and follows a new expedition to a colony planet where, as I’m sure you guessed, a crew member becomes infected by a creature who eventually kills much of the rest of the crew.

In this movie it looks like the heroine will be Katherine Waterston (“Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them,” “Inherent Vice”). She plays scientist Daniels and has the whole Sigourney Weaver vibe going from the original “Alien” films.

Business Insider got to see some footage of the movie at an event 20th Century Fox held before the holidays and (without giving anything away) “Alien” fans will certainly get the gory action they want want from the franchise. You also get a sense of that from the trailer.

The movie also stars Michael Fassbender – who reprises his role of the android David from “Prometheus” – Billy Crudup, and Danny McBride (yes, the comedian known from “Eastbound & Down,” and he elicits chuckles in this film, too).

Watch the first trailer below. “Alien: Covenant” will be in theaters May 2017.