Apr 29
2011

CHUD.com was tipped off that Guy Pearce has joined the cast of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. If that is indeed true, he joins Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris and Kate Dickie. No word yet as to who Pearce plays. The actor previously starred in L.A. Confidential and Christopher Nolan’s Memento. Scott is presently in England shooting Prometheus – an Alien prequel of sorts – for Fox. It opens June 8, 2012.

Apr 24
2011

Article courtesy Screen Rant: Production on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus began last month, so news on the Alien prequel-turned-spinoff has been in short supply as of late. Besides a few rumored plot details that popped up recently, there’s been little to do but wait and see what Scott will deliver with his return to the sci-fi genre. A tidbit about some supporting actors now on-board for Prometheus has been leaked – however, the more tantalizing morsel of (unconfirmed) news comes from an insider who says that there is substance to those rumors about the iconic Alien xenomorphs appearing in Scott’s new film. Alien Prequel News is reporting that Emun Elliot (Black Death) and Benedict Wong (Moon, Sunshine) are members of the Prometheus cast, and are playing characters named Chance and Ravel, respectively. It’s likely that they’ll be part of the spacecraft crew in the film, whose ranks include the likes of Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and several others.

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Mar 28
2011

Exlusive article by Empire Magazine: If Lord Lucan reappeared to direct a film about the Wombles, it’d struggle to match Ridley Scott’s Prometheus for secrecy. While the web melts down under the weight of speculation about the movie’s mythology and storyline, we think Scott may have threatened to run over any cast member who spills the beans with one of his brother’s trains. Thanks, then, to Noomi Rapace for sharing a few titbits on her character, scientist Elizabeth Shaw, when we caught up with her at the Jameson Empire Awards. “She’s not that damaged which for me is kind of nice,” laughed the one-time Lisbeth Salander, now a week into filming at Pinewood. “She has an inner strength that is quite beautiful and a pureness too. She’s very obsessed with finding out something.”

Rapace wouldn’t elaborate on what exactly that thing is but it could answer to the name ‘voracious xenomorph’. So will Prometheus mirror the psychological horror of Alien? “Yes, kind of,” says Rapace. “What I like so much about the Alien movies is that they’re out there in space and it’s weird, but [the characters] are very human and very down to earth. That’s what [Ridley] created and that’s who he is, and I think we’ll probably see that again on this one.” Post-Dragon Tattoo, The Swedish actress is in serious demand but one project that hangs in the balance is David Slade’s vampire flick The Last Voyage Of Demeter, with a possible scheduling clash in the offing. “I do hope [I can do it] but I don’t know,” says Rapace, “I’m occupied until late July or August.” Rapace, a convert to the joys of London since moving to the city in September to prep for Prometheus, is still weighing her option for when the sci-fi wraps later this year. “For the moment I don’t want to decide what to do next,” she explains, “I think I’d like to do something quite small.”

Mar 15
2011

Ridley Scott has plumbed for a relative unknown actor to play Noomi Rapace’s space-bound love interest in Prometheus. Deadline confirm that Logan Marshall-Green has just signed on to the role in Scott’s belated, distant cousin to Alien. Marshall-Green will play Holloway, a space craft crew member, and a love interest for Rapace’s Elizabeth. The 34-year-old actor was last seen on the big screen in lift thriller Devil and Brooklyn’s Finest, while he’s also done TV work with The O.C. He joins Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris and Katie Dickie. Filming on Prometheus will commence in the UK this month.

Mar 08
2011

Article courtesy The Playlist. With the the casting for the lead roles sorted out earlier in the week and with a release date just over a year from now, THR reports that Ridley Scott has actually already started shooting “Prometheus” at Pinewood Studios Toronto – where it will lens for three weeks – and eagle eyed celeb watchers might want to keep an eye out around town for Noomi Rapace.Speaking recently with MTV, the actress revealed the shoot will be a long one that will go right into the fall saying, “I’m jumping into that straight off of [’Sherlock Holmes 2’]. My character’s name is Elizabeth Shaw, and I’ll step into her shoes in March and be her for six months or something. It’s quite a long shoot. It’s unbelievable.”

Details on the plot are being kept securely under lock and key, but what little we do know is that Michael Fassbender will be playing an android, and Rapace opens up a little bit about her character in the film as well. “She’s a scientist and is very bright,” she said. “She’s a believer. I think there are some similarities, but she’s very much her own. I don’t think people will compare her so much to Ripley once they see the movie.” Once the work in Toronto is done, lensing will likely continue at Pinewood London where most of the shoot is expected to take place. Joining Rapace and Fassbender in the film will be Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris and Kate Dickie. The film, which shares some connective tissue with the original “Alien,” will land right in the middle of summer next year on June 8, 2012.

Mar 08
2011

The “Prometheus” cast is starting to fill out with acclaimed actors including Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba. But for many, it all starts with Noomi Rapace, the leading lady in Ridley Scott’s hotly anticipated return to the science fiction genre.

Currently best known for playing Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Rapace is set for the role of scientist Elizabeth Shaw, the supposed protagonist of “Prometheus.” It’s a daunting prospect for any actor who hopes to take the reins of an “Alien” spinoff from former leading lady Sigourney Weaver, but as Rapace explains it, the comparisons between Shaw and Ripley won’t last for long. “She’s definitely her own [character],” Rapace told us during a recent interview on the set of “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” adding that “Prometheus” does indeed have connections to the “Alien” series.

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Mar 08
2011

Article and quotes courtesy ReelzChannel. Director Ridley Scott’s upcoming Prometheus began as a prequel to Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic Alien, until a few months ago, when the Prometheus title was announced and Scott revealed that the movie would include “a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place.” It was also announced that Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) had landed the lead role in the movie, that of a scientist named Elizabeth Shaw. It’s the second major role the actress has landed in Hollywood, along with the role of the gypsy Sim in Sherlock Holmes sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. During a visit to the Game of Shadows, Rapace described the Prometheus role to MTV and talked about what it’s like to be in Scott’s sci-fi movie.

It’s overwhelming. It’s a great honor and I’m really excited. I’ve met him maybe seven or eight times and he’s so passionate. I think he really loves movies. He watches movies every night. He’s seen everything. When you talk about anything, you know, he’s seen it and knows it. So it’s so inspiring to talk to him. We had a long chat on the phone – he’s in LA now – about my character. I have many ideas and he has many ideas, and now we’re starting to search and try to find her. I’m jumping into that straight off of [A Game of Shadows]. My character’s name is Elizabeth Shaw, so I will step into her shoes in March and be her for six months or something. It’s quite a long shoot. It’s unbelievable.

The Alien franchise has always had a female lead, that of Ripley, the character Sigourney Weaver played in all four Alien movies. Despite Prometheus only containing “strands of Alien DNA,” the comparisons of Rapace’s Shaw to Weaver’s Ripley are inevitable, but not something that Rapace is worried about since Shaw is definitely her own character.”

She’s a scientist and she’s very bright. She’s a believer. I think there are some similarities, but she’s very much her own. I don’t think people will compare her so much to Ripley once they see the movie.

The cast for Prometheus continues to grow. With Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron set to co-star with Rapace, Idris Elba (The Losers, Thor), Sean Harris and Kate Dickie were added the cast at the end of last month, and, according to the DailyMail (via The Playlist), British actor Rafe Spall (Hot Fizz) is joining the cast as well in an unspecified role. Details of the exact storyline, originally written by Jon Spaihts, and rewritten by Damon Lindelof, as well as many of the movie’s characters, are being kept secret for now.
Prometheus is set to start production on March 21, and, as Rapace pointed, will continue for six months. The movie is scheduled to open on June 8, 2012.

Feb 26
2011

Director Ridley Scott has added actors Idris Elba, Sean Harris, and Kate Dickie to the cast of his new sci-fi thriller Prometheus. It isn’t clear which characters they will be playing at this time. Ridley Scott also spoke about the lengths he’s taking to keep the Prometheus storyline a secret. He had his cast members sign secrecy agreements, and the only way they can read the script is if they came to his office and read it there. Here’s what the director had to say. “I was insistent that the script not leak onto the internet, where it gets dissected out of context, which spoils it for everyone.” Ridley Scott also revealed a bit more about the story, and said he is using the James Bond stage at the legendary Pinewood Studios in London.

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Feb 12
2011

Variety reports that Charlize Theron will join Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender in what was originally an “Alien” prequel until it was subsequently not. That was until today when Fassbender told MTV News the film has a “definite connecting vein” with Scott’s classic. The Brit noted, “When I read it, I was like,’Well, okay, another Alien. Where do you go with this idea?’ And then I sort of read the script, and it’s new, yet it’s in keeping with the old traditions as well. But there’s a whole new revelation within this film.”

Feb 09
2011

20th Century Fox has opted to give Ridley Scott’s upcoming PROMETHEUS a more desirable premiere than originally planned. According to The Hollywood Reporter, instead of opening on March 9, 2012, Prometheus now gets the much higher profile slot of June 8, 2012. Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds, 300) and while it was originally conceived as an Alien prequel, it has morphed into a sci-fi original. Damon Lindelof (Lost) is writing the new script with Scott, replacing one written by Jon Spaihts from an idea of Scott’s.