There’s a familiar sight in this new photo that 20th Century Fox has released from Alien: Covenant. No, not director Ridley Scott looking pensive; the “space jockey” or “pilot” as first seen way back in the original Alien. The image has been released to mark the 79th birthday of the legendary director.
The “space jockey” appeared in the original Alien (1979), discovered in a crashed spaceship by the crew of the Nostromo on the Moon LV-426. Its chest was hollowed out by presumably by a xenomorph.
It was never officially titled the “space jockey” (Alien designer HR Giger referred to it as the Pilot) but the nickname stuck during production of the first film and even Ridley Scott isn’t sure how the name evolved. The space jockey was also a major character in Jon Spaihts’s original script for Prometheus when the film was still being called Alien: Engineers, and was more of a direct prequel to Alien.