After months of rumour and speculation, 20th Century Fox has finally come out and announced via Twitter that Ridley Scott’s next crack at science fiction will be called Prometheus and that Noomi Rapace has signed on to star.
As this point you have to raise your eyebrows and wonder what happened to the Alien prequel. Turns out, this is what that film evolved into. After a lot of development, Scott has decided to move away from the history of the Xenomorphs and make something original.
According to Scott: “While Alien 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.”
Rapace, meanwhile, has long been a favourite of Scott, who was impressed by her work in the original version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She’ll play scientist Elizabeth Shaw, one of five main roles, with the other still to be cast. Deadline’s report mentions Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron in consideration for the other big female role, named Vickers. Neither is a real surprise – Theron’s name has been bandied about before and Jolie is offered pretty much everything.
Fox has also announced that the film will arrive on March 9, 2012.