ByJack Carr, writer at Creators.co
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For a movie which will take us into space in about three months, we really don't know much about the Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant so far, but today the world got its grubby, sci-fi starved paws on the first official look at the full crew of the colony ship Covenant — and it seems to confirm a major death...

Check out the new image below before we dissect it in classic space vulture fashion.

OK, so that's a fifteen-man crew, if you count Michael Fassbender as a man (and bearing in mind that he's on double duty here as the androids David and Walter). Right in the centre is none other than James Franco, whose role in Covenant is Branson, original captain of the Covenant and husband of Daniels. Do not expect Branson (or, you know, anyone) to survive the duration of this movie.

'Alien: Covenant' [Credit: Fox]
'Alien: Covenant' [Credit: Fox]

On the far left is Katherine Waterston, the Fantastic Beasts star whose character Daniels is a "terraforming expert" (sure, why not) and supposedly the lead character of Covenant, in the vein of the legendary Alien heroine Ellen Ripley. They even have the same haircut. Amy Seimetz plays Faris, but the others to Waterston's left are all a complete mystery right now.

Over on the other side of deck, though, you'll find several familiar faces. Centre is Carmen Ejogo (also of Fantastic Beasts), and to the immediate left is Jussie Smollett, star of Empire on FX. Details on their characters are sparse. On Ejogo's right is Billy Crudup (Spotlight) as "the new captain" of the ship — hence the likelihood that Franco's Branson not long for this world.

'Alien: Covenant' [Credit: Fox]
'Alien: Covenant' [Credit: Fox]

But the real news here is the total absence of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), the lead of Prometheus. Either that's a massive red herring designed to screw with us (you wouldn't put it past Ridley Scott, an expert troll when the mood takes him), or Shaw is a surefire death, probably early on in Covenant. That would feel like a major statement of intent from Scott that this movie is a clean state.

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Also absent is Peter Weyland, as played by Guy Pearce, who's confirmed to have some role in this movie, despite having been murdered in Prometheus.

Alien: Covenant drops into orbit May 19. Check out the first official trailer below, and expect to see another one pretty much any day now.

Will Alien: Covenant redeem Prometheus and deliver the Alien prequel we actually deserve — and what's the fate of Dr. Shaw?