‘Prometheus’ Casting Update; Ridley Scott Teases Plot Details

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 24th, 2013 at 10:57 am,

Despite the recent influx of rumors that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus will feature the iconic xenomorphs from Alien or that mysterious Space Jockey, the director is holding fast to his claim that he is not crafting a prequel to his 1979 classic.

History looks to repeat itself to some degree, though, seeing as how Scott’s new sci-fi venture is an ensemble piece about a crew of space travelers whose ranks include an android (Michael Fassbender), a tenacious female lead (Noomi Rapace), and now three more individuals with diverse backgrounds.

The Daily Mail has learned that the Prometheus cast now includes the likes of leading man Idris Elba (Thor), along with lesser-known actors Sean Harris (Harry Brown) and Kate Dickie (Starz’ mini-series The Pillars of the Earth). Like the rest of the film’s acting crew, which also includes Charlize Theron, the recent additions to Scott’s new project have been sworn to secrecy, and were only allowed to read the Prometheus script by visiting their director’s production office.

Scott says he’s keen on not allowing Damon Lindelof’s latest draft of the screenplay to be leaked online “where it gets dissected out of context, which spoils it for everyone.” So the recent rumors about Prometheus featuring a giant human head pilot or a different form of the Alien creature are apparently just a lot of hot air. Either that, or Scott is going to have to cut someone.

The only official word on Prometheus comes from Scott himself, who has teased in the past that it contains “stands of ‘Alien’s’ DNA, so to speak,” and jokingly (?) told the Daily Mail that “it’s the story of creation, the gods and the man who stood against them. It’s not a small film.”

For those not up on their Ancient Greek mythology, Prometheus was a Titan who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to humankind, only to have the lightning-happy deity punish him with a cruel fate that involves an eagle eating his liver every day before it regenerates in time for the bird’s next meal. Obviously Scott’s film will only utilize elements of that story in a metaphorical sense (if at all), but the idea of mankind tampering with powers that do not belong to them (genetic manipulation? Terraforming?) looks to play a crucial role in the plot of Prometheus, judging by some of Scott’s previous comments about the project.

There are a lot of cool ideas and concepts that look to be integrated into the story of Prometheus, so perhaps it’s best we all be patient about finding out just what the director of Blade Runner and Gladiator has in store for us this time. Not that that should stop anyone from speculating in the comments section below, though…

Scott says Prometheus will begin production in three weeks time at Pinewood studios in California. It’s scheduled for theatrical release on June 8th, 2012.

Source: The Daily Mail

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  1. Usually a vulture and not an eagle.

    • It varies, I’ve heard both versions over the years.

  2. I was just talking about this exact same story on yesterdays wrath of the titans article. Funny right.

  3. To me this is very simple. It is Alien, AND it is Ridley Scott.

    This is gonna be a monumental return to one of the best sci-fi franchises ever. Mr. Scott is one of very few directors today with the visual imagination needed to make such a movie work.

    2012 can’t come soon enough :-)

    • I’ve been thinking the same thing for a while. He’s gonna suprise everybody and this movie will be the Alien prequel.

  4. So are the 8 foot tall Animatronic Space Jockeys confirmed or denied???

    And as far as being a prequel to Alien is concerned… I think it “IS” but done in such a way that people are not formulating their own preposterous backstories interweaving AVP 1 & 2 as yet EARLIER prequels, thus bridging the gap between Requiem and Alien…. Which, might I add, would suck gonad.

  5. Wait a second… What if it’s NOT A PREQUEL…. “BECAUSE” It happend AFTER the events of ALIEN???

    After all… There are 57 long years between Alien and Aliens….

    Just a thought…

    I said it first!

  6. “PROMETHEUS” ,to the best of my understanding, is a working title… Which means it could be called something entirely different once it hits the big screen…

    I like “ALIEN 2″ that’s got a nice cold slap in the face sorta ring to it.

    • But that would interfere with Alien 3 being 3rd…

  7. it IS HEAVILY RUMORED that his an Alien Prequel.
    But we dont know that yet.
    Sounds like a good movie, even if it doesnt have the Alins in it.

  8. It is HEAVILY RUMORED that this is an Alien prequel.
    But,we dont know that yet .
    Sounds like a good movie even if it doesnt have Aliens in it .
    But, I am not convinced it is an Alien Prequel.
    However, I want to see it anyway.

  9. ridley + alien= awesome. could b first good alien movie since his original. aliens is so overrated.

  10. Or even strands of DNA; check out actress Jennifer Hennessy – would have made a good young Ripley, had she appeared.

  11. In Rapace noone can hear you scream :-)

  12. This film went quickly from a full blow two part Alien Prequel to an entirely new idea with adamant denial that it is attempting to “continue” the story-line laid out in Alien and Subsequent movies. On this basis I am inclined to believe that it was never intended to be a continuation of its predecessors, but an addition to them. Not a new chapter in the same book but a new book in a series. A story that takes place 30 years before Ellen Ripley is born cant truly be an “Alien” movie. I am sure the Scott will not disappoint his loyal Alien Franchise Fan base and will answer questions left unanswered in the original movies in general and the first movie in particular.