The Hollywood Reporter reports that, like you just read above, Charlize Theron is in final talks to join Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi venture, which was originally proposed as a prequel to the Alien films.
Already having joined the film are Noomi Rapace (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class). It was reported last year that Ridley Scott wanted Rapace for the lead role, while 20th Century Fox wanted somebody who was more well-known. Rapace was cast in the film, but it looks like the studio managed to work a better-known star in anyway. Theron opted for this role over a part in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.
While the original plan was for this film to be about the “Space Jockeys,” a giant alien species who encountered the xenomorphs before the human cast did (the remains of which were seen in the first Alien), it has now been turned into an original plot. Scott had this to say last year, about the new direction Prometheus is taking:
“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.”
Although various accounts are floating about the place as to whether or not the “alien” will appear in this (i.e. interviews with Michael Fassbender). Regardless, I’m looking forward to this hugely.
Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof are currently working together on the script for Prometheus, which is due for release on June 8th 2012.