"Behold" is perhaps not quite the right word; maybe "squint at" would be more appropriate. This new teaser image of Ridley Scott's Prometheus, revealed in the LA Times, is dark enough that you'll need to crank up your screen's brightness if you want to pore over it in any detail (or see below). But behind Noomi Rapace in that Giger-ish corridor... Yup, those are definitely Space Jockeys!
We're still using Alien terminology here, of course. In about six months time we'll learn to call them something else, and we'll never refer to them as Space Jockeys again. In the meantime though, we still don't know much about them. But we did learn before Christmas that the trunk-faced visage is probably not their actual form.
"Who is that, inside that suit?," asked Ridley Scott, referring to Alien's giant calcified corpse. "That wasn’t a skeleton, that was a suit. And if you open up the suit, what do you get inside it?"
What indeed? Come to think of it, is there anything inside these particular examples, or are they empty? Why are they mounted on a plinth? The LA Times has no answers, but it does have some new words from screenwriter Damon Lindelof.
“The movie is definitely epic in its scope," he says. "One of the filmmakers that we ended up talking about to a fair degree of redundancy was David Lean. We wanted to make the movie feel big by having the characters be small in big spaces. That connected to the larger themes we were talking about: that we’re all just these little gnats crawling around on our little planet.”
Prometheus, starring Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Charlize Theron, is out in the UK on June 1.