‘Prometheus’ Roundup: Charlize Theron Featurette, Idris Elba Interview & More

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Today’s batch of Prometheus goodies covers all the bases, as far as promotional material is concerned. That includes: a new featurette focusing on Weyland Industries representative Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), an interview where Idris Elba discusses such topics as his character, Captain Janek, and working with a seasoned filmmaker like Scott – and a new screenshot, depicting David (Michael Fassbender) exploring the mysterious “Space Map” featured in previous images released from the Alien spinoff/prequel.

Fox’s extended trailer for Prometheus provided much food for thought about the film, including questions about exactly what Theron’s character’s priorities are. Obviously, the latest featurette doesn’t spill the beans (entirely), but Vickers is certainly an interesting specimen. If any one member of the titular spacecraft’s crew seems to have a hidden agenda – among other potential secrets (could she actually be an android?) – it’s her.

On the less-speculative side of things: this new behind-the-scenes footage from Prometheus provides a fun look at incomplete versions of the more noteworthy practical sets constructed for the film (including, the “Ampule Room”). In a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies, Elba echoed Theron’s comments about how helpful the real-life props were to his experience on the production – and that “It was like being on another planet.”

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Charlize Theron and Idris Elba in 'Prometheus'

Elba also heaped much praise on Ridley Scott, who he previously collaborated with on American Gangster:

“Working with Ridley is like taking a master class every day. He sits the actors down and talks to us before we even start shooting… Even on ‘American Gangster,’ I had a small role, but he took the time to sit with me and get to know me.”

The fan-fave, Golden Globe-winning alum of HBO’s The Wire and BBC’s Luther also offered assurances that there is more to Prometheus than what’s been revealed so far – to quote Elba directly, “There’s so much more to it than [what is revealed in] the trailer.” Given the relatively vague picture of the film painted by its promos (humans go to an alien planet, chaos ensues), that’s not so hard to believe.

Moving on – here is what the Yahoo! article has to offer about Elba’s character in Prometheus:

“Ridley instructed me to read ‘Moby Dick,’” [Elba] says, adding that it was very helpful to his character depiction. (Janek is perhaps the most practical of the group, an alpha male most concerned with the logistics of the mission, and not necessarily its lofty goals.)

Other members of the Prometheus crew are clearly more focused on the mission’s “lofty goals,” as the latest still frame from the film – where confirmed android David marvels at a holographic mapping of the universe – reminds us:

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There’s not much more to be said about Prometheus that hasn’t already been discussed many times over in the past – with regards to 3D effects and visuals, the film is essentially assured to deliver the goods.

It pretty much boils down to this: so long as the screenplay originally penned by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour), with a subsequent rewrite by Damon Lindelof (Lost) – which was actively overseen by Scott – manages to deliver on the promise of mind-blowing ideas and bone-chilling scares that the film’s cast and crew have talked about so frequently in the past… well, then Prometheus could indeed manage to meet (or even exceed) the sky-high expectations so many fans have for it.

All shall be revealed when Prometheus opens in theaters (2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) around the U.S. on June 8th, 2012.

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Source: 20th Century Fox, Yahoo! Movies

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  1. very excited about this one!

  2. I have been most intrigued by the Idris Elba character
    and wondering just how prominent and pivotal he might be.

    Ridley’s charge to read Moby Dick, the greatest of American
    novels and in the argument of the greatest of all, reveals
    a great deal about Janek and even more about Ridley.

  3. Idris Elba is such a good actor hope he is used alot in this film but im excited about it

  4. All I care about is: Will it have the re-watch value that the original 4 Alien movies do?

    And to defend Alien Resurrection, it was written by Joss Whedon… Writer and director of The Avengers. The 4th highest grossing movie of all time… in under a month.

    (Yes, he hates Alien Resurrection, I already know this) -But he still wrote it!

    • Yeah. And I think it’s safe to say that “Alien Resurrection ” is the WORST Alien film in the series. Alien3 is a classic compared to “Resurrection.”

      Instead of ‘resurrecting’ the Alien franchise, it killed it. (The primary Weaver/Ripley Alien films)

      • I would disagree. Crash landing on a prison planet, killing off Hicks and Newt and then rehashing the plot of 1 (unarmed group has problems killing off alien) with a few twists was a lot less interesting than 4. 3 was also a decided step down from the best in the series, Aliens.

        Both however cost about the same to make, had roughly the same revenue and were liked about equally by the audience.

        I would say that 3 was a head shot and 4 didn’t manage to awaken the comatose patient.

        • Mongoose! My nemesis! lol

          Well I have the whole collection and would agree that Alien3 was the first, true death knell for the series. I suppose I’m biased since 3, back in 92 was David Fincher’s first Major film and he along with Cronenberg and Ridley Scott is among my most esteemed directors.
          It should be noted that Fincher was disgusted with the final product. He didn’t have final cut and the suits at Fox altered his vision.
          As for Resurrection, it does have some interesting ideas and scenes, but I prefer 3, as disjointed as it is.
          More than anything, I think Resurrection contains the seeds that eventually flourished in Firefly/Serenity.

          • Well I watched the first three when they came out on the big screen and the last one I forget where. In my opinion the first is classic, the second was good but now dated, the third was killing time and a disappointment and the last was a franchise killer and a sad demise to the character evolution of Ripley.

  5. I’m scarily looking forward to this more than TDKR.

  6. While I was watching the video I was planning on posting “I’m calling it: Charlize Theron’s character is an android.” But then I saw that you beat me to it, Sandy. Grrr