$1.3 million worth of JCB skid steers loaders, Loadall telescopic handlers and JS excavators are scene-stealers in the upcoming 20th Century Fox 'Alien Covenant' movie set to open May 19th in North America.
Starring along with Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston in the sequel to the 2012 film Prometheus, twenty JCB machines may well earn a Best Supporting award for their contributions to advancing the movie's story line.
Seen chained to the deck of the colony ship Covenant, the JCB machines are used in the 'terraforming bay', an area in the movie that alters the environment to make it capable of supporting terrestrial life. Alien Covenant is set almost 100 years in the future and is the sixth Alien franchise film to be made. It follows the crew of a ship that lands on an uncharted planet before making a terrifying discovery.
Director Ridley Scott came up with the idea to touch up the vehicles with gold to give them a futuristic appearance. The machines were provided by JCB dealer Construction Equipment Australia to the movie set in Sydney, Australia.
This isn't the first cinema gig for the diggers. JCB equipment cut its chops in the 2005 film adaptation of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.