While promoting his new film, The Light Between Oceans, Michael Fassbender slipped up in an interview with Mark Goodier on BBC Radio 2, referring to the Xenomorphs in the upcoming Alien: Covenant as “Neomorphs”. AVP Galaxy claims that the name was used by the crew to identify the new alien variation and that these new Neomorphs are a result of the ecosystem being mutated by the black goo seen in Prometheus.
As time passed the black goo grew pods on the trees and the ground, releasing spores when disturbed. Apparently, these spores are set to infect several members of the crew through their nostrils and mouth. While it sounds like facehuggers will be absent from the film, it definitely still sounds like an Alien film as the new Neomorph will burst not from the chest, but from the back and throat.
The film directed by Ridley Scott will serve as a sequel to Prometheus as well as a prequel to the original Alien. Fassbender is the only cast member from Prometheus to return. The film also stars Amy Seimetz, Billy Crudup, Carmen Ejogo, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, and Katherine Waterston.
Alien: Covenant hits theaters August 4, 2017.