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Alien: Covenant release date pushed up three months, first poster debuts

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Alien: Covenant, the film that was originally supposed to be a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 2012 film Prometheus, will hit theaters a little earlier than expected.

Yesterday, 20th Century Fox tweeted out a photo of the film’s first poster and confirmed that instead of being released on Aug. 4 2017, it will open on May 19. Fox didn’t indicate why the film was being released earlier, but the new date means that it will open alongside Annabelle 2 and Dwayne Johnson’s Baywatch reboot.

Last September, Scott told British website Hey U Guys that the film would focus on the “why and how and when the beast was invented.” Scott added that Covenant would “go back in to the back door of the first Alien movie.”

It only takes a quick glance at the film’s first poster to see what Scott is talking about. The image of H.R. Giger’s iconic xenomorph that was first introduced in the original Alien movie is at the center of the poster, and confirms that Covenant will be far similar to the original Alien movies than its 2012 predecessor.

Covenant reunites Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, who will also be joined by Danny McBride, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup.

The film will be released on May 19, 2017.