Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof (you may remember his for his work on the TV series LOST). The film began development in the early 2000s as a fifth entry in the Alien franchise, with both Scott and director James Cameron developing ideas for a film that would serve as a prequel to Scott’s 1979 science fiction horror film Alien. According to Scott, though the film shares “strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak”, and takes place in the same universe, Prometheus will explore its own mythology and ideas.
Official Prometheus Film Synopsis:
Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
This film stars the following actors: (I also gave a brief summary of each actors/actresses career just to familiarize you on their works)
Michael Fassbender “David” An android designed to be indistinguishable from humans. – Michael was was born in Heidelberg, Germany. TV series he has been on include Band of Brothers (Sgt. Burton ‘Pat’ Christenson), Murphy’s Law (Caz Miller), Hex (Azazeal), The Devil’s Whore (Thomas Rainsborough). He’s been in such movies as 300 (Stelios), Eden Lake (Steve), Jonah Hex (Burke), Centurion (Centurion Quintus Dias), X-Men: First Class (Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto), Jane Eyre (Rochester).
Charlize Theron “Meredith Vickers” A Weyland Corporation employee, sent to monitor the expedition. – Charlize grew up in Benoni, South Africa. She got an education as ballet dancer but after a knee injury she gave that up, she did some modeling, and acting followed (thank goodness her mother made her move to Los Angeles to pursue that acting career!) Her movie credits include Mighty Joe Young, The Devil’s Advocate, The Astronaut’s Wife, Monster, Snow White and the Huntsman.
Noomi Rapace ” Elizabeth Shaw” Rapace described Shaw as a believer “in God” with a “very strong faith”, but that “things happen and she changes into more of a warrior.” – Noomi is the daughter of actress Nina Norén and Spanish Flamenco singer Rogelio Durán. She played Lisbeth Salander on the TV mini-series Millennium.
Kate Dickie “Mudow” The ship’s medic Ford. – Kate was born in East Kilbride, Scotland, UK. Her TV series include Taggart (Debbie Thomson / Wendy Nugent), Five Daughters (Isabella Clennell), The Pillars of the Earth (Agnes), Game of Thrones (Lysa Arryn).
Rafe Spall “Millburn” A biologist. Spall auditioned for another role, but Scott wanted him to play Milburn. – Rafe has been in such TV series as Desperate Romantics (William Holman Hunt / William Hunt), The Shadow Line (Jay Wratten), Pete Versus Life (Pete / Pete Griffiths). Some films include Grindhouse Featured Ghost (segment “Don’t”), Earthbound (Joe Norman).
Logan Marshall-Green “Charlie Holloway” An archaeologist and Shaw’s love interest. – Logan attended high school in Rhode Island. He has been in such TV series as 24 (Richard Heller), The O.C. (Trey Atwood), Traveler (Tyler Fog), Dark Blue (Dean Bendis / Dean Bendi).
Idris Elba “Janek” The captain of the Prometheus. – Idris is a British actor who’s first role was in the soap opera Family Affairs Family Affairs (Tim Webster). He has been in many TV series including Ultraviolet (Vaughan Rice), The Wire (Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell), The Office (Charles Miner) The Big C (Lenny), Luther (DCI John Luther). Some of his films include 28 Weeks Later (Stone), The Reaping (Ben), The Losers (Roque), Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Moreau).
Sean Harris “Fifield” A geologist who has become unstable after many missions – Sean was born in London. He was in the TV series The Bill (Matthew / Russell Hines / Stuart Kennedy), Meadowlands (Ormond), Waking the Dead (Radovan Sredinic), Five Daughters (Brian Tobin), The Borgias (Micheletto).
Benedict Wong “Ravel” Ship pilot. – Benedict was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK. His TV series & mini-series include Supply & Demand (Frankie Li), The Bill (DS David Chiu / Michael Wei / Li Mann), State of Play (Pete Cheng), 15 Storeys High (Errol), Spirit Warriors (Li).
Emun Elliott “Chance” Ship pilot. – Emun graduated from The Royal Scottish Academy Of Music And Drama. His TV series include Feel the Force (PC MacGregor), TV mini-series Paradox (Dr. Christian King), Game of Thrones (Marillion), Threesome (Richie), Lip Service (Jay Adams).
Guy Pearce “Peter Weyland” The trillionaire founder and CEO of Weyland Corp. – Guy was born in Cambridgeshire, England. He moved to Australia with his family and there he got a role on the popular Aussie soap opera Neighbours (Mike Young). He has been in other TV series such as Home and Away (David Croft), Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (Rob McGregor), HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce (Monty Beragon). Some of his film roles include L.A. Confidential , Memento, The Proposition , Factory Girl, The Hurt Locker, The King’s Speech. Next to acting, Guy has had a life-long passion for music and songwriting.
Patrick Wilson “Shaw’s Father” – Patrick was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He has done a lot of theater work including The Full Monty, Fascinating Rhythm, Bright Lights, Big City, Carousel, Miss Saigon and many more. For TV viewers he is probably best known for his role as Dr. Michael Holt on the TV series A Gifted Man.
Lucy Hutchinson “Young Shaw” – Lucy has been in a few TV series which include EastEnders (Little Girl), Psychoville (Chloe / Chloe Groves).
Prometheus Trivia Tidbits:
-Gemma Arterton, Carey Mulligan, Olivia Wilde, Anne Hathaway, Abbie Cornish and Natalie Portman were considered for the role of Elizabeth Shaw.
-James Franco was considered for the role of Holloway.
-Michelle Yeoh was originally considered for the role of Meredith Vickers.
-Was originally conceived as a prequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien, but Scott announced his decision to turn it into an original film with Noomi Rapace (who was already set to star) still in the cast as one of five main characters. Some time later it was confirmed that while the movie would take place in the same universe as Alien and greatly reference that movie, it would mostly be an original movie and not a direct prequel.
-To prepare for his role as the android David, Michael Fassbender watched Blade Runner (a Ridley Scott film), The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Servant and Lawrence of Arabia (mentioned by Peter Weyland). Fassbender also studied Olympic diver Greg Louganis, drawing inspiration from Louganis’s physicality.
-Director Ridley Scott named the film “Prometheus”, seeing the name aptly fit the film’s themes: “It’s the story of creation; the gods and the man who stood against them.” In Greek mythology, the Titan Prometheus was a servant of the gods, who stole and gave to mankind the gift of fire, an immeasurable benefit that changed the human race forever (for better AND worse).
-According to Ridley Scott, the film’s plot was inspired by Erich von Däniken’s writings about ancient astronauts: “Both NASA and the Vatican agree that it is almost mathematically impossible that we can be where we are today, without there being a little help along the way. That’s what we’re looking at: we are talking about gods and engineers, engineers of space. Were the Aliens designed as a form of biological warfare, or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?”
-An innovative viral campaign was used to promote the film, consisting of several videos depicting the near future world from the film. The first was a fake TED Talk given by Peter Weyland (played by Guy Pierce), dated 2028. Later, two different versions of a commercial promoting the David 8 android (played by Michael Fassbender) were released. These viral videos were designed by Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof themselves, and were directed by Scott’s son, Luke Scott.
-Logan Marshall-Green described his role of Charlie Holloway as “an ESPN X-Games scientist” who looks before he leaps.
-The film was originally to be called “Paradise” (December 2010).
-Producers Walter Hill and David Giler rejoin Ridley Scott for the first time in over 30 years since they first collaborated on Alien.
-The androids’ names in the Alien films follow an alphabetical pattern: in Alien it’s Ash, in Aliens and Alien³ it’s Bishop, in Alien: Resurrection it’s Call and in this film it’s David.
As of June 10, 2012, the film has earned an estimated $50,000,000 in North America and $91,500,000 elsewhere for a worldwide total of $112,900,000. PROMETHEUS sounds to be a can’t miss film with many plot twists and turns, which will keep you guessing till the end. A great cast, the visuals look incredible, the plot sounds mind provoking, something you will be discussing for years to come!
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