According to Deadline Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel has had a bit of a make-over and has morphed into an original movie which will be called Prometheus. The site also confirms that Noomi Rapace is set to play scientist Elizabeth Shaw, and the other female lead up for grabs will go to either Angelina Jolie or Charlize Theron.
Ridley Scott explained the outlined of the film and how it came to be:
“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.”
Writer Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek) said:
“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.”
Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and Michelle Yeoh (Memoirs of a Geish) are also thought to be up for roles as crew members, but nothing is official yet. 20th Century Fox has set a release date for March 2012 so we will be hearing more casting confirmations shortly ready for filming.