Ridley Scott isn’t slowing down with age, after having directed eight films over the past decade (including this year’s Cormac McCarthy thriller The Counselor). He is pressing ahead with a retelling of the Moses story, titled Exodus, and the Biblical project will be finished in time for awards consideration next year. The question is, will Scott then turn to making a Prometheus sequel or the quasi-followup to his landmark Philip K. Dick adaptation, Blade Runner?

Scott seemed prepared to continue exploring the Alien universe next, but that was before we learned about slow progress in the story department. Prometheus co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof – who is not involved with the sequel – has offered his assurance that the situation is not as dire as initial reports suggested, but Scott pressing ahead with Exodus is proof enough that a Prometheus sequel won’t be arriving until 2015 (at the earliest).

Prometheus 2 Movie News has gotten wind that Scott has met several times in person with British actor Rik Barnett, about having him play a key supporting role in the second Prometheus installment. The site received additional confirmation for this rumor from a “very reliable source,” who (like the first anonymous informant) cautioned that the project – and potential casting – will remain in flux until a story has been settled upon.

Rik Barnett in ‘Rebels Without a Clue’

24-year old Barnett is on the cusp of up-and-comer status, having won an award at the 2010 Ibiza International Film Festival for his performance in Rebels Without a Clue. He is said to be in consideration to portray someone connected to Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) in the Prometheus sequel. Obvious possibilities – based on the ending to the first movie – range from a person who Shaw remembers on her trip to the Engineers’ home planet (her brother, friend, etc.), to a member of a space mission that’s meant to learn what happened on the expedition to LV-223.

Scott is reported to have met with Barnett several times, which could mean he’s up for a pivotal role in the Prometheus followup (unlike when Patrick Wilson briefly appeared as Shaw’s father via flashback during the first movie). Then again, the director is known for spending a fair amount of time prepping every cast member on his films, as Idris Elba revealed after working alongside Scott on Prometheus and American Gangster.

Will we see the Engineers’ home planet in the ‘Prometheus’ sequel?

There are a few logical directions that Scott could take on a Prometheus sequel. One possibility – as some of our readers have suggested – would allow the film to better explain the history of LV-426 (the moon in Alien), by having Elizabeth and David making their way to that location for some purpose. This would then set the stage for a trilogy finale, where the duo arrive on the Engineers’ home world of Paradise (which is expected to be anything but what the name indicates).

Prometheus remains (arguably) the most divisive installment in the Alien franchise (just read the comments on Screen Rant’s official review). Nonetheless, there is a good deal of support for Scott to continue developing the ideas and story that were introduced in his ambitious – and messy – sci-fi film in a sequel (even among some people who didn’t care for the first movie).

We’ll keep you updated on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel. In the meantime, The Counselor opens in theaters on November 15th, 2013, followed by Exodus on December 12th, 2014.

Source: Prometheus 2 Movie News