Charlize Theron Boards ‘Prometheus’; Fassbender Talks ‘Alien’ Linkage

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 24th, 2013 at 9:39 am,

For what seemed like forever, we we waited eagerly for things to get moving on Ridley Scott’s planned Alien prequel. However, just last month it was revealed that the film wouldn’t be a prequel to Scott’s original Alien but rather a whole new sci-fi flick entitled Prometheus.

The original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was rumored to be the frontrunner to star in the Alien prequel before it was retitled but once it was, she was cast as the lead in Prometheus. The much sought-after actor Michael Fassbender (our new Magneto in X-Men: First Class) joined the cast soon thereafter, in the role of some sort of android character. And we’re now hearing word that Oscar-winner Charlie Theron has also joined the cast.

Variety is exclusively reporting that Theron has joined the cast of Prometheus, although it’s not mentioned which character she will be playing. Presumably Rapace is the lead but we know several lead actresses are being pursued for roles. The film is to be going back to the roots of the original Alien (and its arguably superior sequel, Aliens) by being more of an ensemble piece.

Speaking of the original Alien films, Theron’s co-star Fassbender talked to MTV recently about how much Prometheus is linked with them. Scott has previously said that the film will have “Alien DNA” and Fassbender more than confirms that statement. Check out the video interview courtesy of MTV:

Even if were not getting a direct and official Alien prequel as was originally hoped and planned, Prometheus sounds like the next best thing. The idea of having an original film with a new title but still hinting at the universe that the original Alien took place in seems like the best compromise possible.

From what Fassbender says, it also sounds like they’re combining the intelligence and suspense of the original Alien with the high octane action of its sequel, Aliens.  This former Alien prequel is sounding better and better every day!

The name Prometheus has two meanings: One is the name of a Titan found in Greek Mythology and the other is a “satellite” of the planet Saturn. Since this is a sci-fi film I imagine the latter will have more relevance in the actual film but with Sir Ridley you never know what type of mythology he may draw inspiration from.

After switching dates with the 3D epic John Carter of Mars, Prometheus is now set to hit theaters on June 8th, 2012. Expecting more casting announcements sooner rather than later.

Sources: Variety and MTV

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  1. Sounds interesting.
    looking forward to it.
    love the title.
    It has an Epic feel to it.

  2. Prometheus does sound promising I’m sure I’ll be seeing it on opening day… as long as they don’t screw up before then! Good luck, Ridley Scott!

    • Vox Veritas

      “and ‘their’ just isn’t any cohesion between thoughts”

      It should be ‘there’ NOT ‘their’ :p

      ^Constructive criticism :)

    • Hey Vox,

      I edited a part of your comment out. There’s constructive criticism and then there’s trolling. One’s cool and one isn’t.

  3. I really hope this movie turns out to be good.
    :D

  4. I’m glad we’re starting to see the cast developing. Hearing from Fassbender, is much better than all the hearsay that we were getting before. This movie still sounds like it’s going to show the origins of the “Alien”. I hope we can still depend on Ridley’s comments before about the space jocky being in Prometheus. If it has anything to do with the story of the titan Prometheus, it could explain a little about how the space jocky in Alien wound up dead on a barren rock planet with a giant hole in his chest and a ship full of Alien eggs.

  5. I’m glad we’re starting to see the cast developing. Hearing from Fassbender, is much better than all the hearsay that we were getting before. This movie still sounds like it’s going to show the origins of the “Alien”. I hope we can still depend on Ridley’s comments before about the space jocky being in Prometheus. If it has anything to do with the story of the titan Prometheus, it could explain a little about how the space jocky, in Alien, wound up dead on a barren rock planet with a giant hole in his chest and a ship full of Alien eggs.

  6. Could be great. Not a fan of Theron though, she’s pretty but I dont like her as an actress.

  7. Don’t count out the Greek reference too soon. Prometheus was the champion of mankind who stole fire from Big Daddy/Baddy Zues so we puny mortals could stay warm, cook meat, and entertain ourselves at night in other ways than the obvious. His name means “forethought”, but he probably didn’t think his liver would be pecked out for all eternity in the underworld for granting mankind such a boon. :)

  8. Sounds good. And prothemesus was not chained to rock in the underworld it was a mountain

  9. I just hope this movie isn’t over 3 hours… Ridley’s been know to do that.

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