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Official Prometheus Synopsis Still Vague: Foster Joins Rapace, Theron, Elba, Pearce, Fassbender

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 1, 2011 at 7:03AM

Arriving in theaters in less than a year, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has been shrouded in mystery, plot details and the big-picture concept behind the grand-scale epic have been non-existent. The film was first reported in 2009, and named as an untitled prequel to Scott’s 1979 Alien.
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Arriving in theaters in less than a year, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has been shrouded in mystery, plot details and the big-picture concept behind the grand-scale epic have been non-existent. The film was first reported in 2009, and named as an untitled prequel to Scott’s 1979 Alien.

In response to a source claiming it had access to the storyline, 20th Century Fox finally released the film's official plot synopsis. See below: plot details remain obscure.

Fox’s synopsis reads:

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.

Other than locating the film in “the most dangerous corners of the universe,” “on a distant world,” the synopsis doesn’t give us much to go on. As Cinema Blend notes, “the synopsis itself is only 70 words (26 of which are dedicated to stroking Ridley Scott’s ego).”

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Scott himself has given out more intel, telling Screen Daily last year that the film will be located, metaphorically, on: “the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare?” In January, he spoke to MTV to undermine the tie to Alien, saying: “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.”

New news: Ben Foster has been added to the lineup, joining an already stellar cast that includes Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, and Michael Fassbender. Still in production, the film is set for release on June 8, 2012.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, IN THE WORKS, Ridley Scott, Sci-fi, Noomi Rapace


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.