Ever since Ridley Scott announced his upcoming sci-fi epic "Prometheus," fans have been scrambling for scraps of information, trying to learn all they can about the movie that may or may not be a prequel to Scott's 1979 classic "Alien."
You can finally relax, because thanks to our brand-new guide, the whole world is about to be clued in on Everything We Know About "Prometheus" So Far. It may not quite be the gift of fire, but trust us: When it comes to movies, this is the next best thing.
Release Date: June 8, 2012
Star Power: One thing "Prometheus" is definitely not lacking is star power, as arguably the hottest actor on the planet -- Michael Fassbender -- anchors an all-star lineup that includes international sensation Noomi Rapace as well as Idris Elba, Guy Pearce and Oscar winner Charlize Theron. Everybody in Hollywood would jump at the chance to work with Scott; these are just the ones who asked "how high."
Next Factor: When the original "Alien" hit theaters over three decades ago, it turned Sigourney Weaver into an overnight superstar and introduced the world to the idea of the action heroine. So European actress Noomi Rapace has some pretty big shoes to fill in her first American leading role. But given her mesmerizing performance as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" -- not to mention her upcoming costarring role in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" -- we think Rapace is poised to become the Next Big Thing, not just here, but around the world. Ripley would be so proud.
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Behind the Camera: Well, it's Ridley Scott, so there's not a whole lot more that needs to be said. But just to cover our bases: Scott's previous sci-fi efforts, "Alien" and "Blade Runner," are considered by many to be arguably the two best sci-fi movies of all time. He's also been nominated for the Best Director Oscar three times ("Thelma and Louise," "Gladiator," "Black Hawk Down") so ... yeah, he's pretty much reason enough to see the movie.
Movie Math: "Alien" x "Alien3" ÷ "Aliens" - "Alien: Resurrection" = "Prometheus"
Backstory: The "Alien" franchise has a long and (mostly) distinguished history. With Scott leaving after the first film, the sequels were done by James Cameron (whatever happened to that guy?), David Fincher (whoever that is) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Best Director nominee for "Amelie"). But once the whole "Alien vs. Predator" thing happened, the studio was like, let's ... dial this back a bit. That opened the door for Scott to return with "Prometheus," a project that has been in gestation even longer than that alien larva in your abdomen. It took several more years to get the movie off the ground, but now it's finally here. Whatever it is.
In a Nutshell: This is usually the part where we tell you about the plot, but since nobody except Scott seems to know what it's about, we can't exactly do that. Here's what we know, though: While Scott is being cagey about whether or not this is an "Alien" prequel, comments by the cast in media interviews suggest that "Prometheus," while not a direct prequel, will take place in the "Alien" universe and detail events such as the life and death of the Space Jockey seen at the beginning of "Alien." The name "Prometheus" refers to the ancient legend of the being who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity, only to be punished by Zeus with eternal torture. We're guessing that name is no coincidence -- meaning you can expect to see a lot of on-screen punishment for the discovery Rapace and her crew unleash on the universe.
The Buzz: Fans have been waiting over three decades to see what Scott might do with another "Alien" film. Plus, considering the "Alien" franchise was once one of the most prestigious in film, the possibility that Scott can restore it to its former glory and pave the way for more high concept, ass-kicking sci-fi art/action films is almost too good to even hope for. Add in international buzz over Rapace and Fassbender and you have a film poised to become not just a fan favorite, but an international phenomenon.
Why We're Psyched: Pretty much everything we mentioned above applies to us as well -- hey, we're big movie fans, first and foremost -- but we're also really curious to see what Scott does with 3-D. A lot was (rightly) made over 69-year-old Martin Scorsese's raving about his 3-D experience with "Hugo," but Scott is actually older (74!) and has also been waxing poetic about the power of 3-D cinema. His protégé James Cameron might have set the bar high with "Avatar," but if anything can beat that mark, it's Scott and "Prometheus." Grab your glass, because this is going to be an experience you won't want to miss.