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Guy Pearce's Prometheus Role Revealed
He's playing a Weyland

27 February 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: APN

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Guy Pearce's Prometheus Role Revealed

As the June release date approaches, we're gradually learning more about Prometheus, while tantalisingly not really learning anything at all. Guy Pearce has said that his role is a small one, but we didn't yet know what that role actually was. Now though, thanks to a Hungarian interview with Ridley Scott picked up by the Alien fansite APN, we learn that he's playing a certain Peter Weyland.

That surname is one that should be familiar if you've been paying attention to the Alien films thus far: Weyland-Yutani is the shady mega-corporation responsible for the xenomorph outbreak in the first place. Paul Resier's odious Carter Burke was one of their executives in Aliens, and Lance Henriksen played company founder Charles Bishop Weyland in Alien vs Predator (the model for the Bishop androids we meet later).

"When the first Alien movie and Blade Runner were made," says Ridley, "I thought that in the near future the world would be owned by large companies. That's why we have the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner and Weyland-Yutani in Alien. They sent the Nostromo spaceship. The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, who is played by Guy Pearce. That's the connection between the two films, and nothing more."

Nothing more apart from the Space Jockeys.

So what's Peter's relationship to Charles Bishop? AvP took place in 2004, where Weyland was already up-and-running as a multi-billion dollar industry. If Peter Weyland is just "an entrepreneur" in Prometheus, does that suggest the early days of the company, far in the future? Are we ignoring and contradicting AvP? Would we be absolutely OK with that? Discuss below.

Prometheus, as you'll be well aware, stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron and Logan Marshall Green, and is out on June 8.


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Ignore AVP series
Scott needs to make Alien scary again for thesame reasons the original scared audiences when released in 1979. Ignoring the dumbed-down and BBFC More

Posted by Templars27 at 08:21 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Cyberleader Ridley has said it time and time again...this film has hardly anything to do with Alien at all. I'm sick of everyone always making hints and nudging towards seeing it as another Alien movie. There are a few similarities and it's set in the same visual 'Universe'. That's it. How many times does the poor guy have to explain? I suppose it will only take the actual showing before people believe him- they're so use to franchises and remakes. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Alien, Aliens and More

Posted by Nimrods Son at 22:39 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Ridley has said it time and time again...this film has hardly anything to do with Alien at all. I'm sick of everyone always making hints and nudging towards seeing it as another Alien movie. There are a few similarities and it's set in the same visual 'Universe'. That's it. How many times does the poor guy have to explain? I suppose it will only take the actual showing before people believe him- they're so use to franchises and remakes. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Alien, Aliens and maybe even Alien3 but le More

Posted by Cyberleader at 18:55 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

@tallaght24 in alien nostromo is a mining ship therefore battered weathered etc Prometheus im guessing is a medical type ship so would have much more advanced machinery,computers etc ? just a guess More

Posted by darktrain at 14:34 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Weylan-Yutani
L: Shelldweller It wasn't until the (horrible imo) sequel oor’s thata way More

Posted by pete_traynor at 13:27 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

No need for referencing AvP! Scott completely discounted those films and most Alien fans certainly do not consider them cannon. Anything that transpired in those abominations will have no connection to Prometheus in Scott’s eyes. More

Posted by pete_traynor at 13:25 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Weylan-Yutani
The company in Alien is actually called Weylan-Yutani. It wasn't until the (horrible imo) sequel that they called it Weyland. Hope they stick with the original world of Alien and call it Weylan. More

Posted by Shelldweller at 10:49 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Some serious plot holes...
What makes me laugh and I know it's not intentional but purely based on what year the films were made, but in Alien the computers are all like 8-bit yet Prometheus trailer they look far more advanced. I'd say keep the tone of Alien. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 09:55 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Yes, ignore and contradict AvP!
L: Osric Is it a real Bishop at the end of Alien3? I thought it was another robot that was supposed to be tricking Ripley into thinking he was real. Half his head's hanging off at the end! e's bleeding red blood though. More

Posted by UTB at 09:30 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Yes, ignore and contradict AvP!
Is it a real Bishop at the end of Alien3? I thought it was another robot that was supposed to be tricking Ripley into thinking he was real. Half his head's hanging off at the end! More

Posted by Osric at 09:17 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

Yes, ignore and contradict AvP!
This would be a good thing, those films were godawful and devoid of the tone of the previous Alien films. It's a good sign if Ridley despises them enough to ignore their existence. It didn't make sense that Weyland was played by Henriksen in AvP anyway: he shows up in Alien3 as the designer of Bishop. The way Ridley keeps changing his stance on the connection between the Prometheus and Alien is intriguing. Maybe there's more to this... More

Posted by seedykay at 09:00 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

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