Damon Lindelof is on stage speaking with Charlize Theron about Prometheus and her character Meredit Vickers (a chief executive at Weylan Yutani, according to info gleaned at the press conference earlier). This chat is engrossing stuff, but still my mind is still racing from the footage from the film they’ve just shown.
Starting with a montage of clips from Ridley Scott’s previous films, including Alien, the video package soon went into a mixture of interview clips with Scott and shots from the film. The interview pieces were telling us that this isn’t really an Alien prequel, that the only connection is this oft-discussed Alien DNA.
On the other hand, the footage confirmed completely that this is an Alien film. The production design was familiar and, not to put too fine a point on it, there were glimpses of bits and pieces of the alien biology we recognise. Something like a full size humanoid alien was seen in the burn of a flamethrower, tail and all, and if you were looking in the right place, you could see something like the alien eggs.
Michael Fassbender’s character does look like the Android characters from the previous alien films but in one shot, we see him cry; in another, he appears to prick his finger and draw blood.
Scott is currently on screen via link-up to Iceland and has confirmed that “there may be two” robots in the cast of Prometheus.
As Lindelof has noted on stage, there is a shot in the clip that appears to show a naked Charlize Theron doing press-ups. There’s also another of Noomi Rapace dropping to the floor in a smilier pose – but she’s allowed the dignity of wearing something a bit like Leeloo’s bandage outfit from The Fifth Element.
Darius Khondji’s cinematography is absolutely stunning. We have just watched it in 2D, but Scott has described his commitment to getting the 3D correct. He’s said that he’ll never shoot in 2D again, not even for “small dialogue scenes.”
There are several shots in the footage which appear to show characters meeting sticky ends, including some of the big name stars, but I wouldn’t want to spoil that. These are painful images, though, and I can’t see that Scott is flinching under his commitment to a PG-13 rating.
Talking about the footage, Scott has said that he hasn’t held back and has covered stuff that might not make the PG-13 cut, but that he and Tom Rothman “will watch the footage in that big theatre at Fox” and decide what is the best way to go with the film.
On the link-up, Scott has said that Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall Green and Guy Pearce are the main players. This means that Idris Elba, for example, is a supporting player.
I’ve recorded more and I’ll go back for more details later, and do an update if necessary.