Noomi Rapace talks ‘Prometheus’; Rafe Spall Joins the Cast

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 5:02 pm,

Ridley Scott is preparing for what’s shaping up to be a rather ambitious return to the sci-fi genre with Prometheus – a film that is a quasi-prequel to his 1979 classic Alien. While Scott has been decidedly vague regarding the film’s plot, one thing is certain – the prolific filmmaker has surrounded himself with an extremely talented group of actors.

In addition to Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, and Michael Fassbender, Prometheus recently added Idris Elba, Sean Harris, and Kate Dickie to its roster. Now, the Daily Mail is reporting that English actor Rafe Spall has joined the cast as well.

Spall is the son of character actor Timothy Spall and is probably best known for his appearances in Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. He also appeared in Wright’s Grindhouse trailer, Don’t. There’s no word yet on what specifically his role in the film will be.

Meanwhile, Rapace recently sat down with MTV on the set of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and opened up about her character in Prometheus. She explains that she’ll have very little time between projects and that Prometheus‘ shooting schedule will be quite extensive:

“I’m jumping into that straight off of ['Sherlock Holmes 2']. My character’s name is Elizabeth Shaw, and I’ll step into her shoes in March and be her for six months or something. It’s quite a long shoot. It’s unbelievable.”

Rapace also praised Scott and revealed that he’s been a true collaborator as they continue the process of fleshing out her character:

“It’s a great honor and I’m really excited … I’ve met him maybe seven or eight times and he’s so passionate. He really loves movies. He watches movies every night. He’s seen everything. We had a long chat on the phone — he’s in LA now — about my character. I have many ideas and he has many ideas, and now we’re starting to search and try to find her.”

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Starring as the strong female lead in a movie that’s tied to the Alien franchise will no doubt invite comparisons to Sigourney Weaver’s iconic performance as Ripley – but it doesn’t sound like Rapace is too worried.

Although Shaw may have certain similarities to Ripley, Rapace insists that the character will be able to stand on her own:

“She’s definitely her own [character] … She’s a scientist and is very bright … She’s a believer. I think there are some similarities, but she’s very much her own. I don’t think people will compare her so much to Ripley once they actually see the movie.”

Rapace also confirms what her co-star Michael Fassbender has already told us twicePrometheus is definitely connected to the Alien universe. When coupled with reports that the Space Jockeys and xenomorphs will be making an appearance in the film, it seems strange to me that Scott continues to be so coy about that fact.

However strong or loose that connection ultimately turns out to be, Prometheus has already become one of my most highly-anticipated upcoming movies. Scott has assembled a first-rate cast and I can’t wait until we learn more about what he has in store for us.

Prometheus is scheduled to hit theaters on June 8, 2012.

Source: MTV and Daily Mail.

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  1. Sounds an awful lot like Ripley to me

  2. looking forward to this movie hope it lives upto my expectations

  3. Other than Theron, I’ve not heard of ANY of these actors. so basically it’s a bunch of no names in deep space. Other than that I’m undecided as far as seeing this movie goes.

    • really youv never seen 300? or inglorious basterds? or the girl with the dragon tattoo?

    • Or The Losers? Alba has a rabid fan base and had a gust starring role on The Office a few seasons ago, and he’s a crittically acclaimed actor in England and has his own show, so a lot of people know of him and the rest of the cast.

  4. i REALLY hope this doesnt follow the same formula as aliens in part that the android helps ripley and sacrifices himself at the end and saves the day and rapace does what ripley does in the film go from hepless to hardend and fights the alien queen alone. it seems so rehased avp did it. requiem did it. i want fassbender to play a bigger role than bishop i want him to be a badass android that plays a big part as the muscle againts the new aliens. i want to see him play a bigger part than just being the brains and hands off part till the end and all he does is save the day with getting the ship then getting cut in half i want to see fassbender take on the aliens with other badasses and repace play the scientist role i know its a bit sexist but it would just be better to see an android somthing formabadle go up against somthing that could tear apart a human in a second well whatever the real form of the alien is when its not grown in a host

    • formidable* Rapace*

    • Aliens= cameron=transformers2
      You do the math…

      • If that is your math I suggest you take 2nd grade addition again. Aliens is one of the most critically acclaimed sci-fi films of all time because of the drastic differences between it and Alien. 100% at rotten tomatoes should say something.

        • Yes, well, thats not my point(Even though that on rotten There are 33% more votes on alien, which also adds to “math” problem, on imdb the difference of votes is about 5% and There the movies tie),
          the point, however, was that cameron made alienS and that scott made alien, so the worries from mr tankd is a mood point as scott is a different director, then cameron. And since it is scott whos making prometheus, i dont Think mr tankd has to calculate in camerons action packed pace, and ideas, into whatever the new movie going to be.

          • There is a discreppancy here on my numbers, sorry
            It should be 48 % more CRITICS on alien, and Approx. 12% more people voting for alien.
            Since rotten compiles both CRITICS and us the people There is a disscrepence of 10 % between the movies, Even though only 3,4 % of the CRITICS gave it a bad rep(and There was 48% more CRITICS), and Even though both film got 90% on flixter, the numbers on rotten seems to give alien a bad rep, it only shows that rotten has a warped way off ærkiv really..
            But this is only an diggresjon again from the real issue that i Think where explained in my last post…
            Sorry bout the math guys :( just making a point

            • “ærkiv” should be adding
              And to conclude the whole thing, if each camp of critics had 10% voting( as it seems) aliens may have gotten 100% but alien should then, abiding the same rules, have got 99,5%
              the end check mate and bingo on this ” math problem”

              • I *love* Cameron’s “Aliens” – especially the director’s cut, which is better than the theatrical version. It’s very different from the first film, but stands on its own as an awesome Sci-Fi action movie.


          • I was really talking about comparing aliens to transformers 2 such is ludicrous to me. Not the same ball park, league or sport. So really all that “math” didn’t really mean much to me. Can’t check mate a non player. :)

  5. They had me at Ridley, I don’t care who the cast is the film will be a must see

    I do remain a bit confused on wether or not it’s an entirely new universe of if it’s part of the Alien universe. I keep reading conflicting comments. Guess I’ll have to wait til next year

    • it takes place within the universe just its a standalone film the story wont connect with the previous films. the aliens wont appear in their forms where they grow in a host. and the story will involve the space jockey from from the original film to what extent is not known. it will probably show how they engineered them as a weapon. it will probably show them as they were first created in theyre original form

  6. I caould see them somehow discovering or encountering a space jockey ship like we saw in Alien and Aliens, finding the dna of the aliens and weyland/yutani finding out. Then flash forward when the nostromo passes a crashed space jockey ship and picks up it’s beacon the company recognized, starting the whole Alien series.

    • I don’t think they’re going to force feed it like most prequels, overlapping the Nostromo into the movie would be too much. At least that’s what I get from Ridley’s comments and his reluctance to call this a prequel…

  7. i hate it when the lead female is ugly. that was the worst thing about alien/aliens and while rapace can act she is just not plesant to look at.

    • Eurgh.

    • idk, i find Rapace rather hot. Different strokes for different folks.

    • I fins her pretty hot. And the film also has Charlize Theron, so that’s a yay from me.

      • i still think the movies going to be good but she is butt ugly. now charlize she is a hot women.

  8. I am really looking forward to this one! Is there any worm-hole I can crawl through in Space to speed up time to the movie’s release date!?

  9. Umm why would you need to crawl through? You just need one to focus on the the screen where it’s playing in the future. You could then kick back in your easy chair at home and watch it…

    • LOL! A casual discussion about the mechanics of wormholes. Definitely a thread for sci-fi fans. =-)

  10. Sounds good hope that it will have references to the alien films and be connected, they should give the space jockey a bigger role in it, if they are going to even go near that area, they would look immense large alien cratures 20 foot tall towering over the humans and have weird body language, i have faith in scott, lets just hope he does the right thing…