Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship 'Covenant' discovers what is thought to be an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world – which has its sole inhabitant the 'synthetic', David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
ActorsStarring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Alexander England, Tess Haubrich, Uli Latukefu, James Franco, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce, Goran D. Kleut, Lorelei King, Javier Botet, Benjamin Rigby, Nathaniel Dean, Andrew Crawford, Matt Scaletti
In a prologue, business magnate Peter Weyland speaks with his newly activated android, who chooses the name “David” after looking at a replica of Michelangelo’s statue of David. Weyland tells David that one day they will search for mankind’s creator together. David comments on his unlimited lifespan as compared to his creator’s limited one.
In 2104, 11 years after the incident on LV-223, the colonization ship Covenant is bound for a remote planet, Origae-6, with two thousand colonists and over a thousand human embryos aboard. The ship is monitored by Walter, a newer synthetic physically resembling the earlier David model, albeit with some modifications. A stellar neutrino burst damages the ship, killing some of the colonists. Walter orders the ship’s computer to wake the crew from stasis, but the ship’s captain, Jake Branson, dies when his stasis pod malfunctions, burning him while he’s still asleep. While repairing the ship, the crew picks up a radio transmission from a nearby unknown planet, dubbed by navigator Ricks as “planet number 4”. Against the objections of Daniels (Branson’s widow), the new captain Oram decides to investigate.
As the Covenant remains in orbit, an expedition team descends to the earth-like planet’s surface and tracks the transmission’s signal to a crashed alien ship. While on the surface, security team members Ledward and Hallett divert from the main group to perform field research. Ledward steps away and accidentally steps on alien spores and is soon infected. Meanwhile, Daniels and members of the main group notice cultivated common wheat, but also the complete lack of wildlife or animal sounds. Karine helps the rapidly sickening Ledward back to the lander where Maggie quarantines them both inside the med-bay. A small pale alien creature (neomorph) bursts from Ledward’s back, killing him, and then mauls Karine to death. Maggie attempts to shoot the creature, but accidentally triggers an explosion which kills her and destroys the lander. The neomorph escapes to the planet’s surface while another such creature bursts from Hallett’s throat, killing him.
The neomorphs attack the remaining crew members and kill Ankor. The crew manage to kill one before David, who survived the Prometheus mission, scares away the other and leads the crew to a city full of humanoid (Engineer) corpses. David tells them that upon his and Dr. Elizabeth Shaw’s arrival at the planet, their ship accidentally released a black liquid bio-weapon which killed the native population and that Shaw died when the ship crashed in the ensuing chaos….