'Alien' Prequel Now Titled 'Prometheus,' Set For March 9, 2012, Noomi Rapace To Star

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 14, 2011 11:14 AM
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Angelina Jolie & Charlize Theron Circling Supporting Roles, Picture Morphs From Prequel To Something "More Original"



How's this for a MLK holiday weekend bit of news? Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel is now titled "Prometheus." Noomi Rapace is starring. It's comes out March 9, 2012. Whoa. More than that, it's not even a prequel anymore and apparently it's transformed into something "more original."

The news is huge because it was only a couple days ago that reports surfaced that 20th Century Fox were not keen on putting the relatively unknown Swedish star, known for her work in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," in the lead role and had some other A-list talent in mind. Well, there's an easy to solution to that problem. Cast a big name alongside her. Deadline reports that not only is Rapace -- who has been Scott's first choice for a long time now -- locked into the lead role, but that Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie are circling the role of the tough, yet sexy Vickers character. It seems like a no-brainer solution to a problem that seemed to be delaying the project from moving forward.

With the movie now set to hit theaters in just over a year, production will ramp up very quickly. As you might recall, the film be in shot in 3D utilizing RED Epic cameras with cinematographer Dariusz Wolski (“The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” ”Alice in Wonderland,” “Eagle Eye”) behind the camera. Word also burbled up near the end of the year that famed creature designer H.R. Giger would be back with the production as well. As previously reported the projected started with a script from Jon Spaihts and has since been re-written by Damon Lindelof who has been working closely with Scott.

“While 'Alien' [the original film] was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of 'Alien’s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn't be more pleased to have found the singular tale I'd been searching for, and finally return to this genre that's so close to my heart," Scott said about the the vision for the upcoming film. Early last year, Scott was talking about two prequels and the idea of branching out into a new mythology using seeds from the "Alien" franchise makes sense, but he's since denied there would be two films. Either way, you bet that while a second film isn't in the cards just yet, a new franchise starter is something the studio would probably love.

Charlize Theron now has a decision to make: the "Alien" prequel in a supporting role or "Snow White and the Huntsman" as the villain. Angelina Jolie seems like a wishlist choice, but if she can get her Bosnia-set directorial debut in the can, the opportunity to work with Scott -- for either of these actresses -- in one of the biggest sci-fi franchises of all time is probably very hard to resist.

There are a total of five major roles in the film, the only other one known right now being an android crewman that has been previously linked to Michael Fassbender (Rapace, Theron and Fassbender -- do we dare to dream?). Michelle Yeoh and Gemma Arterton were two actresses in the mix early in the year, but it's unclear if they will become one of those five roles. More news is sure to come very soon, but it looks like all things are go for "Prometheus." See you next spring.

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10 Comments

  • bestactress | January 18, 2011 4:52 AMReply

    I hope Angelina Jolie takes the role!

  • Brody | January 15, 2011 6:07 AMReply

    This project sounds like a trainwreck.

    LOL at the Jolie apologists.

  • lol | January 15, 2011 1:22 AMReply

    hope angelina does it. sounds cool

  • Kim | January 15, 2011 12:49 AMReply

    Charlize all the way, beautiful talented she is an amazing chameleon.

  • Jane | January 15, 2011 12:39 AMReply

    oh silly gg, The Tourist has made over $160 mil world wide so far, and still has to open in Japan and China. Depp and Jolie were the costars so the film is as much his as hers, is this not the truth? Doubt Jolie will take this role, she is busy editing her film she just finished directing. But if she does, she will be great in this film, which is definitely not a prequel. Either Jolie or Charlize are great choices as they are both excellent actors.

  • john | January 15, 2011 12:25 AMReply

    I just heard 2 days ago that 20th Century Fox is rewriting the script for Charlize, Damon Lindelhof is rewriting it .

  • starway2001 | January 15, 2011 12:19 AMReply

    Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

  • gg | January 15, 2011 12:13 AMReply

    Why is skeletor jolie circiling now the role that Theron had been intrested in before ?? now that she knows that Fox will send a script to Theron, does this biatch want to take every action role ??? and every role Theron look for ?? geez, after Theron turned down the Tourist skeletor run after it, thank god Theron didn't pick it, it was the big flop of the year, and doesn't this liar said she wants to take care of her army of kids ??

  • james | January 15, 2011 12:04 AMReply

    Its not a prequel anymore. Stop calling it that.

  • kure | January 15, 2011 12:04 AMReply

    because you didnt seem to understan,i will tell you.this is not an alien prequel,and its a completly original new take on a story.it might me a little connected to alien,but it is something completly else

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