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Michael Fassbender Up For Prometheus
And the movie has a new release date...

27 January 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Heat Vision Blog

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It’s a busy day for news about Prometheus, the new film that grew from Ridley Scott’s original intent to craft a prequel to Alien. And the biggest half of the new announcements is also the most welcome: Michael Fassbender has snagged one of the lead roles.

Long rumoured as part of the film even back when everyone still thought it was going to be an Alien prequel or a pair of films, Fassbender is now officially part of Scott’s team, the second actor to enter negotiations following Noomi Rapace, who was announced earlier this month.

Details on what the film is actually going to be about are scarce, though the title would suggest that it will see mankind meddling in interstellar things about which it has no true understanding and coming off badly. Rapace is playing scientist Elizabeth Shaw, and Fassbender will be an android, possibly related to the Bishop series. Why might that be? Scott’s statement when Prometheus was first unveiled: “The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative.”

It’s just the latest big job for Fassbender, who showed off real chops in Hunger and Fish Tank and has gone on to the likes of Inglourious Basterds, Centurion and Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Haywire. Plus he’s finishing up throwing metal things around and arguing with James McAvoy in the role of Magneto in X-Men: First Class. The only people likely to be unhappy about this casting situation are the producers of Snow White and the Huntsman, which he’d also been considering.

Now, though, he has the Sir Ridders seal of approval and hopefully it’ll push him even further. In related Prometheus news, the movie itself is on the move, shifting release dates from its original March 9, 2012 slot to a summer berth on June 8, 2012.


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RE: Giger-esque
I'm not a moron, and at least I can spell extra terrestrial. Also I did enjoy the AVP movies, as did everyone else, which is why they made a sequel. (funny how they didn't make a sequel to Bladerunner though, they just kept re-releasing it again and again, something you hate Lucas for but love Ridley for. And STAR WARS is WAY better than The Emperor's new Bladerunner) Thanks Dick! More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 01:32 on 30 January 2011 | Report This Post

Either make the Alien prequel or don't. Middle ground will only frustrate the alien fans and confuse everyone else. More

Posted by sephiroth7 at 17:37 on 29 January 2011 | Report This Post

Giger-esque
I keep on hearing people say that its not going to be about aliens at all. Well HR Giger has officially signed up to work on the film so it sounds pretty extra-terrestial to me! ..oh and boredbluekoala u strike me as a moron, more at home watching the AliensVsPredator movies More

Posted by DickJones at 14:33 on 28 January 2011 | Report This Post

Also......................................................
Deckard was a human, not a Replicant. so there. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 22:41 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

Good to see Sir Ridley doing more sci fi!
Great news about Sir Ridley back doing sci-fi. I can't believe someone is trying or even daring to mention his masterpiece Bladerunner and the terrible Jonah Hex in the same sentance. Bladerunner was always destined to become a classic, Jonah Hex is and always will be a pathetic excuse for a movie. I think if that's you're opinion then maybe another dull Micheal Bay no-brainer is more your cup of tea! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 22:01 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

Good to see Sir Ridley doing more sci fi!
Great news about Sir Ridley back doing sci-fi. I can't believe someone is trying or even daring to mention his masterpiece Bladerunner and the terrible Jonah Hex in the same sentance. Bladerunner was always destined to become a classic, Jonah Hex is and always will be a pathetic excuse for a movie. I think if that's you're opinion then maybe another dull Micheal Bay no-brainer is more your cup of tea! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 21:57 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

Duh!!
"The studio is taking a huge gamble............... Sir Ridley makes great movies, but they rarely rake in the cash. In fact his last stab at sci-fi was a mega flop called Bladerunner" boredbluekoala have you any idea how much money Bladerunner has made in VHS, DVD, Blu ray sales over the last 30 years (and is still continuing to make)?? not to mention cinema re-release profits! Ridley Scotts 2 "stabs" (as you call them) at scifi have become 2 of the most influential a More

Posted by DickJones at 16:19 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

So, if Fassbender's an android, is this still in continuity with the Alien movies but without the Giger xenomorphs? Interesting... More

Posted by MonkeysDad at 15:19 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

The studio is taking a huge gamble...............
Sir Ridley makes great movies, but they rarely rake in the cash. In fact his last stab at sci-fi was a mega flop called Bladerunner, yes it's well regarded now, but these days it's all about that first weekend at the box office. Just ask the producers of Jonah Hex. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 14:01 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

Fassbender's great...
... happy to see him in anything, really. But, this looks particularly interesting to me. Much more my cup of tea than X-Men. Bit bored of superheroes, to be blunt. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:49 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

love 2 see
i would absolutely love 2 see this new film from Ridley Scott. "Prometheus". 1 way or the other. Don't matter if this movie is or is not a Alien film. Next year! Can't wait. More

Posted by rudyalapag at 04:09 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

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