JCB machines take a bow in cult film

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A fleet of more than 20 JCB machines is playing a role in a cult film following what the company says is 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 Alien Covenant film which hit UK cinema screens on 12 May 2017.

They star alongside Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston wrapped in gold – the idea of British film director and producer Ridley Scott designed to give them a futuristic look.

JCB Worldwide marketing director Michael Plummer said: “This involved more than £1 million worth of machines. 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 filmmakers 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.

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