Ben Foster, who seems to have been arbitrarily typecast in the specific subgenre of creepy, dark sci-fi/fantasy films, has been cast in the Ridley Scott-directed Prometheus. He’ll be joining Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce. The movie, which is said to be a non, non prequel to the non Alien films, is reportedly about a team of scientists and explorers who go out to explore the deepest (and no doubt creepiest) corners of the universe as some kind of death wish. They get marooned out on a creepy planet, where they will discover answers about their very existence…
Compared to the rumored synopsis, it’s pretty uninformative. It’s almost as if someone just wrote a short blurb from the back of the DVD box. The rumored synopsis has considerably more detail to it and seems more like an entire plot summary than a synopsis. I guess when I see the movie, I’ll figure out if the whole thing’s been spoiled for me… F*ck.
The official synopsis kind of reminds me of Mission to Mars or Red Planet. I don’t know what it is about exploring space that makes films have a painfully slow pace (maybe it’s the zero gravity or something), but I think there’s nothing so narcissistic as thinking that all of the answers to questions that we have as human beings can be answered on completely different planets to our own. I mean, if there’s an answer to our Earthly questions, it’s most likely here, ya know, on Earth… but that’s neither here nor there. Prometheus opens in 3D on June 8, 2012… Whether this is one of those gimmicky release dates that supposedly mean something has yet to be seen.
See the official synopsis below the jump.[Via Collider]
Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.
Discussion Fodder: The movie’s title, Prometheus, is probbaly a reference to Greek mythology. Prometheus, a godly warrior of some kind, stole fire from Zeus, so Zeus had him tied to a rock where an eagle ate out his liver every day only to have it grow back the next day to get eaten out again… Zeus was hardcore.