Official ‘Prometheus’ Synopsis; Ben Foster Joins The Cast

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prometheus alien prequel Official Prometheus Synopsis; Ben Foster Joins The Cast

There are numerous rumored plot details floating around for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, detailing how the sci-fi flick connects to the Alien franchise mythology. Just the other day, a supposed Prometheus plot outline hit the Web, revealing a potential storyline that (essentially) gelled with Scott’s previous claims that his film is “the story of creation, the gods, and the man who stood against them.”

20th Century Fox has already disputed said Prometheus synopsis – and has gone a step further by actually releasing its own description of the project. But does the official studio line actually shed some light on the film’s connection to the Alien series?

Read on…

JoBlo has confirmed that Ben Foster (Pandorum, X-Men: The Last Stand) is the latest addition to the Prometheus cast, which also includes Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and Guy Pearce, among others. What little information has been revealed about the characters in Scott’s new sci-fi endeavor has begged for comparison to the original 1979 Alien movie – with Rapace playing a capable female scientist (the “Ellen Ripley role”) and Fassbender’s silent confirmation that he’ll be playing an android, a la Ian Holm in Alien.

However, all of the rumors circulating around Prometheus so far have suggested it’ll be heavier on the sci-fi aspects than Alien, which is very much a hybrid of sci-fi and horror tropes. Judging by the official description of the project, that assumption looks to be correct.

Here is the official lowdown on Prometheus:

Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.

Official synopsis for Prometheus Official Prometheus Synopsis; Ben Foster Joins The Cast

While Fox insists that the recently-released Prometheus plot outline is inaccurate, the studio’s vague synopsis alone isn’t sufficient enough to squash the rumored description entirely. The film will clearly touch on some big philosophical issues (the purpose of and forces responsible for human existence) against the backdrop of an unsettling science-fiction tale – similar to Scott’s Blade Runner or Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Whether creatures like the Space Jockeys and the Alien xenomorphs will serve as the “gods” that clash with the human space explorers in Prometheus – or if the picture will feature entirely new extraterrestrial beings – is anyone’s guess right now.

Props nonetheless ought to be given to Fox studio heads and Scott for striving to retain secrecy about the film, which sounds much more interesting than just a straightforward prequel to the original Alien movie. Prometheus is instead shaping up to be a grand scale, thought-provoking sci-fi tale that will be brought to life by an excellent cast, a great filmmaker, and some top notch production values, to boot.

So long as the movie doesn’t suffer too much from what one could dub Star Wars prequel-itis (ex. attempting to tie-in too closely to the events of the original Alien, aping the plot twists of its predecessors, relying too heavily on CGI, etc.), it could be a memorable adventure in its own right.

Prometheus will arrive in theaters on June 8th, 2012.

Source: 20th Century Fox, JoBlo

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  2. This is like the greatest(IMO)sci-fi casting bill i think i’ve ever seen

    • Its good casting I give you that but a good cast doesnt guarantee a good movie…my faith is in Ridley…

      • What good casting? Are you kidding me? It’s a bunch of unknowns with the exception of Charlice Theron who In the words of dexter’s Author Mitchell “is a kunt”.

  3. The previously leaked synopsis sounded great to me. And I don’t see anything is this official synopsis that trumps that. The cast sounds fantastic, and I am definitely psyched by the inclusion of the best actor of XM: FC. 2012 just gets better and better. I guess that’s why it will be the last year of Earth. 😛

  4. More and more interesting…looking forward to the final product!!!

  5. Ridley Scott + Sci Fi + big budget + extremely exciting cast = win!!!

  6. So geeked about this! I think I may have an Alien Marathon this holiday weekend!

  7. IF it does end up being like the original synopsis like the last article, it will be somewhat based on what they did in the first “Aliens” comics that Dark Horse put out except without Hicks and Newt. Space Jockeys creating the xenos.

    • “Space Jockeys creating the xenos.”

      I dont recall this and I really dont feel like digging my boxes out. Ive looked around the internet and only could find:

      “Sometimes referred to as Xenomorphs, the aliens are an aggressive, predatory race of extraterrestrial creatures of unknown origin.”

      I do see a Dark Horse Presents (with an Alien Origin/1st appearence) is that it? I might not have that and may now have to dig.. :(

  8. I am so excited my pounding heart will burst out of my chest like a chest-burster alien, and land smack-dab in the corn-bread (ever notice in the first 2 movies the astronauts were munching on cornbread?).

    • Answers for Aliens r us
      1. For the same reason the aliens planted the Monolith on earth and a signal monolith on the moon. An experiment must be confirmed.
      2. They may have not known exactly what lifeform would reach the top of the food chain. There is nothing there that says we were created outright, or that terraforming happened at the very beginning. Terraforming could have happened after we were developed. Course if that were plausable, our mythology would hold stories of great comings from the sky.
      3. To create beings in their, roughly speaking, own image. We may be one type out of many types of experiments they conducted.
      4. You got this one. Auto destruct.
      5. You mean like parents have suicidal tendencies?
      These are just thoughts. astromax468

  9. I loved the rumored plot. It felt like Ridley getting back to his roots. I haven’t been this excited for one of his films in eons.

  10. Sounds like the plot for Kubrick’s “2001”.

    Also, the cast is terrible, being all the usual “young pretty people”.

    When will people realize that Scott hasn’t made a good movie in 20 years atleast?

  11. Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and Guy Pearce… could have been the cast of a Tarantino movie!

  12. Everyone in this movie will die, this is a prequel. You dont have to be a rocket scientinst to figure that out. I still dont see how humans belong in this story. It should be about the Space Jockeys, and who they are fighting against (Predator-like aliens) and the creation of the Xenos. Of course an android will be trying to preserve the alien for the Company and Noomi rapace will be the last to die, since they’re trying to make her a household name

  13. Listen to this people..

    Ridley Scott is a great director also is great at casting. This movie will be intense, mind blowing, dramatic etc.. Here are some examples of why… For one – look at Avatar. Not a Scott but still amazing.. Reason being. They casted not so known actors with the acception of S. Weaver the queen of Sci Fi.. Anyways the way they casted opened the opertunity for a much larger budget ie – A better film, just like it will do for this movie. For two – Scott started the Alien franchise which is a huge advantage to this film. For three – they are keeping it a top secret project you could say. Which means it will and has given writers/editors, producers etc, the time/space and secrecy they need to create an amazing finished project. I could go on about all the possibilties.

    The casting is great! Fassbender is the man, Charlize Theron also great and so on.

    I have faith is this movie becoming the next best Sci-Fi flick since Avatar.
    And you all should to.

    Can`t wait to see it! Lates