Michael Fassbender will show off his version of a young Ian McKellen by portraying a youthful Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto in this summer’s X-Men First Class. He’ll thereafter follow in the footsteps of Sir Ian’s Lord of the Rings costar, Ian Holms, and play an android in a Ridley Scott sci-fi flick – one titled Prometheus.
Fassbender will join original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo actress Noomi Rapace in Scott’s upcoming film, a project originally conceived as a prequel to his 1979 sci-fi/horror classic Alien that eventually morphed into a standalone tale which Scott says will contain “strands of ‘Alien’s’ DNA, so to speak.”
Heat Vision broke the news about Fassbender, who’s been rumored to be a legitimate candidate to join Scott’s latest cinematic creation since word got out that there will only be one “Alien” prequel. Little is known about the storyline of Prometheus or what significant alterations Damon Lindelof (Lost) made to the original script co-penned by Jon Spaihts and Sir Ridley himself. It’s certainly possible that the film will still in part revolve around futuristic astronauts on a mission to terraform other planets, which was an idea Scott talked about way back in April of 2010.
The casting of Fassbender in Prometheus officially takes him out of contention to play mentor to the iconic ebony-haired, pale-skinned princess (possibly Kristen Stewart) in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Fassbender has been quite the popular actor during the last few years, appearing in graphic warrior flicks like 300 and Centurion; lending his voice to the Xbox 360 title Fable III; and, perhaps most memorably, donning W.W. II garb to play an undercover English soldier with a fine knowledge of German cinema in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. He also showed up in Jonah Hex, but we’ll let that one slide…
Scott’s previous (pardon the term) dabblings in sci-fi have resulted in two of the most well-regarded pics offered by the genre – the original Alien and the futuristic Noir Blade Runner, based off the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick. Prometheus will technically mark the filmmaker’s first original project that deals with futuristic technology and otherworldly life in over three decades – so while it might not actually feature the iconic xenomorphs with acidic blood that Scott is associated with, Prometheus arguably remains his most heavily-anticipated release in a long while.
FOX just barely shifted the release date for Prometheus from March to June 2012, where it will no longer be pitted against another long-in-the-making sci-fi release, Disney’s John Carter of Mars. Look for more big names to sign on for Scott’s new project in the near future.