Lindelof On Two “Prometheus” Characters

“Lost” producer Damon Lindelof has spoken some more about Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender’s characters in Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi epic “Prometheus” and given us some basic breakdowns of each.

He tells MTV that Theron’s Meredith Vickers is “sort of a corporate entity… I feel like Charlize brought a new spin on that old variation. It’s a remix … . I don’t think she’s slimy [like Paul Reiser in ‘Aliens’]. She’s not the fast-talking, snake-oil face of the company.”

He added one comment that immediately raises questions – “‘What company is she a face of?’ I think is a big part of the fun. As we were developing the script, she had some really cool ideas that made it not the suit you’re used to.” Does this mean she’s not working for Weyland-Yutani (which to be fair only scored a name in the sequel).

Fassbender meanwhile plays a robot character, though for those worried that’s not a spoiler as his artificial nature is made clear up front according to recent reports. It’s also a big part of both his character and our perspective on this universe as an audience – “One of the things that evokes the idea of ‘Blade Runner’ is, ‘What does the movie look like from the robot’s point of view?’ If you were to ask him, ‘What do you think about all of this? What’s going on? What do you think about these humans who are around you?,’ wouldn’t it be cool if we found a way for that robot to answer those questions. When you cast a guy like Fassbender, [he’s] going to bring a lot more to it.”

Lindelof adds that part of the fun, much like the first film, will be the who survives and becomes the ‘hero’ question – “I think the idea of building a really cool ensemble and again presenting the audience with like, ‘Who’s going to be left standing at the end of this movie? Maybe all of them. Probably not,’ [that’s] part of the fun of what we set out to do.”