'Prometheus' Casting Update; Ridley Scott Teases Plot Details

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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