Ridley Scott’s previously untitled “Alien” prequel now has an official moniker, “Prometheus”, and Fox has already locked in a March 9th 2012 release date reports Deadline.
The two most frequent names linked to the lead female role of Elizabeth Shaw have been Scott’s personal favourite Noomi Rapace and the studio favourite Charlize Theron. Now it seems a compromise has been reached.
Rapace, the star of the Swedish “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” film series, is now locked to play Shaw, while Theron and Angelina Jolie are said to be circling the other female lead role of Vickers.
Jon Spaihts wrote the original script which was generally thought to serve as a prequel to Scott’s “Alien” and would explore the alien ‘Space Jockey’ creatures glimpsed during one scene in the original. Now, Scott and Damon Lindelof have been working together on the current version which has expanded the story into new directions.
A quote from Scott indicates that the film will probably be set in the same universe as the “Alien” movies, but we probably won’t see the xenomorphs at all – “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.”
Lindelof added “In a world flooded with prequels, sequels and reboots, I was incredibly struck by just how original Ridley’s vision was for this movie. It’s daring, visceral and hopefully, the last thing anyone expects.”