Michael Fassbender (Hunger) has joined the cast of Prometheus. The sci-fi flick is set to hit theaters on June 8, 2012.
Noomi Rapace, star of the films in the "Millenium" series (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest), is set to star in Prometheus, Ridley Scott's forthcoming return to the Alien franchise, which he launched in 1979. Rapace is the first actor to be signed for the film, although Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron are reportedly in talks to take on the script's other high-profile female lead. The film is also scheduled for a March 9, 2012 release, which means that casting decisions will have to happen soon in order to get production underway in time to have the film ready for its opening day next year.
According to the story posted Friday on Deadline, Scott said that the film will evoke its predecessors, but take the story in a dramatically different direction. "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," he said. "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."
Jon Spaihts wrote the initial draft of the screenplay based on Scott's ideas, and then turned his work over to Scott and Lost producer Damon Lindelof to expand the story further. Lindelof said of the experience, "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. When I sat in a movie theater as a kid, feet raised off the floor for fear that something might grab my ankles, I never dreamed in my wildest imagination I would one day get to collaborate with the man responsible for it. Working alongside him has been nothing short of a dream come true."