Patrick Wilson Confirmed For Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 12, 2011 6:38 AM
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Patrick Wilson has always been just on the cusp of great things, particularly after his fantastic breakout performance in "Little Children," but further acclaim has been just out of reach. Projects he has signed on to since -- ranging from the low key drama "Evening," the race baiter "Lakeview Terrance" and blockbuster fare like "The A-Team" and "Watchmen" -- just never quite made the grade, but coming off a massive hit this year with "Insidious" the actor has leapt straight into one of the most anticipated films of 2012.

First mentioned as an unquoted aside in an interview with the St. Petersburg Times, The Playlist has confirmed that Patrick Wilson has joined Ridley Scott's "Prometheus." But of course, as with everything around the movie, Wilson's role is unknown. But here’s what do know: the film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green and Guy Pearce in a story that is prequel/spinoff from the world first created in “Alien,” sharing some of its DNA. Theron plays the head of The Company and the film is shooting both R-rated and PG-13 versions with a decision on which one hits theaters to arrive after the film is wrapped.

And well, that's about it. Various images have floated to the web but the actual story has been guarded. A trailer of some kind is expected this fall and the film hits on June 8, 2012.

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2 Comments

  • Sir Ben Princely | August 12, 2011 10:41 AMReply

    It will be interesting to see if or which of the various interpretations of the Space Jockey’s species in the novelisations, graphic novels, etc they have used in Prometheus.

    In Alan Dean Foster’s novelisation of Alien, Ash describes the Space Jockey’s race as a noble people and hopes that mankind will encounter them under more pleasant circumstances. It also states that they were larger, stronger and possibly more intelligent than humans. Foster’s novelisation states that the Jockey was trying to warn humans away from the Xenomorphs.

    In Steve Perry’s Earth Hive, the Space Jockey’s race are referred to as collectors because they collect Xenomorph eggs. In Michael Jan Friedman’s Aliens: Original Sin, the race is referred to as the Mala’kak. According to the comic book The Destroying Angels, the Xenomorphs caused the species to become extinct 1.6 million years ago.

    Mark Verheiden’s Aliens graphic novel depict the Space Jockey’s race as malevolent; they refrain from attacking humans due to their immense hatred of their common enemy, the Xenomorphs, but they intend to wipe out and/or enslave humanity once their war with the Xenomorphs is over. In the series, a Space Jockey-like creature communicates telepathically with humans.

    It is possible that the Alien Queen came from the Space Jockey and laid all the eggs in that ship. It was as big as the Queen was, the only giant alien in Aliens (1986) was the Queen and strangely there was no trace of the alien which was born from the Space Jockey.

  • [A] | August 12, 2011 7:14 AMReply

    Don't tell me -- he's part of the evil corporation

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