The Rover from ‘Alien: Covenant’ is Actually Preparing for Space Travel
Alien: Covenant takes place in the beginning of the 22nd century. By then, we won't still be around to see if it ended up being an accurate portrayal of our first contact (we hope not). But one of the aspects of the film that's already ringing true is its inclusion of the Lunar Quattro, an Audi rover, in space.
It appears that after the rover finishes its Hollywood debut in Covenant, it has high hopes of leaving the studio and jetting off to the final frontier. Basically, Audi wants to send its movie rover to the moon. Sneak a peek of the Audi lunar-bound movie star in this short promo:
The Lunar Quattro was developed by both Audi and a German space start-up called Part-Time Scientists, and their goal is for the rover to be used on a mission to the moon in the near future. If we wanted to read into it, there's definitely something to be said about a high-tech piece of equipment being used for a film before an expedition, but maybe they ironed out the kinks on set to make sure it was ready for the next step.
Audi explains the Quattro's role in the movie some more, although this doesn't say much - it sounds like the crew in Covenant will use the rover for very standard rover things, regardless of whether it survives the eventual xenomorphs:
This plan is also significant because, as Audi claims, it'd be among the first space vehicles created by private corporations instead of national space agencies. So if Audi has dreams of being like Weyland-Yutani someday, this is an important first step. Although the film's inclusion of the Lunar Quattro will no doubt be incredibly outdated by the time the real 2104 rolls around, the crossover between fact and fiction is pretty neat for now. That paired with Audi taking product placement to the next level makes Alien: Covenant a vehicle in itself for entertainment firsts.
Alien: Covenant, starring Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts), Michael Fassbender (Prometheus), and a high-tech space rover hits theaters May 19, 2017.