MORE than 20 JCB machines are playing a starring role in the cult film Alien Covenant following the biggest product placement project in the company’s history.
Skid steers loaders, Loadall telescopic handlers and JS excavators were supplied to 20th Century Fox for the making of the new movie, which is currently screening across Australia.
The machines star alongside Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston wrapped in stunning gold – the idea of British film director and producer Ridley Scott designed to give them a futuristic look.
“This is the biggest product placement exercise in JCB’s history and involved more than £1 million (about A$1.7 million) worth of machines,” said JCB worldwide marketing director Michael Plummer.
“Ridley Scott’s idea to wrap the machines in gold delivered a stunning result and is certainly an eye-catching addition to a film which will be seen by millions of people around the world.”
The machines – which appear in the film’s finale – were supplied with the help of JCB dealer Construction Equipment Australia to the movie set in Sydney, Australia. Six JCB generators were also provided for the film makers to use.
The equipment is used in the so-called ‘terraforming bay’, the area which 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.