[UPDATE: Pearce's involvement in Prometheus has been confirmed.]
Ridley Scott has been notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to the details of his new film Prometheus, but we've still been able to get some sense of which direction the film is headed and what sort of connection it will share to Scott's 1979 classic Alien.
Originally designed as a straightforward two-part prequel to the original film, Scott later insisted that Prometheus would be a separate story capable of standing on its own.
Despite the fact that several cast members have already confirmed the project's connection to the Alien franchise, Scott's still playing coy on the matter. Initially, many fans believed that Prometheus would simply take place in the same universe as the previous films, but that it wouldn't feature any obligatory or direct tie-ins. If recent rumors are to be believed, however - that's not exactly the case.
Even in the earliest stages of the film's development, there was talk that the Space Jockeys would be making in appearance. Back in February, another report teased that a new incarnation of the Alien xenomorphs would definitely turn up as well. Not only that, but we also received a fairly detailed account of how both species would factor into the plot of the film and just how closely Prometheus was tied to the original Alien after all.
These rumors gained even more credibility after an insider on the film's set saw actors dressed in xenomorph costumes that matched the prior descriptions. It's easy to see why Scott would want to keep these sort of details under wraps - but the truth is that all of the Alien-related information has actually been building a lot of positive buzz for Prometheus.
According to CHUD, plot points aren't the only thing Scott has been attempting to keep secret. They've received confirmation from several sources close to the production that Guy Pearce (Memento, The King's Speech) has joined the already impressive cast of the film. Unfortunately, there's no word on what role he's playing.
Pearce can definitely elevate the quality of any film in which he takes part - and the thought of him going toe-to-toe with the likes of Idris Elba and Michael Fassbender is pretty exciting. While the news hasn't been officially confirmed, Pearce certainly is the type of actor that Scott could enlist.
For as much as we think we may know about Prometheus, there's still more that we don't. That said, going into a film without previously picking-apart every morsel of information can be a good thing - especially in a modern cinema world where so many of the best moments in a film are spoiled in the trailer.
Even though some things have leaked out, you have to admire Scott for at least trying to give his audiences a few surprises when Prometheus finally releases.
Update: It's official - The Playlist has received confirmation from Pearce's reps that he has indeed joined the cast.