Ridley Scott Reveals Guy Pearce's Prometheus Role

By Katey Rich 2012-02-27 14:37:39discussion comments
Ridley Scott Reveals Guy Pearce's Prometheus Role image
As much as Ridley Scott keeps swearing up and down that he wants to keep the details of Prometheus a complete secret, he sure does have a way of compulsively spilling the beans. Aside from the official images that have revealed things like Spacey Jockey suits, Scott himself has been giving interviews that seem to shed more light on the story, many of them starting with him telling us the ways Prometheus is absolutely not a new Alien movie. The end result has been pretty much the opposite-- who isn't convinced they'll spend most of Prometheus looking for the Alien tie-ins? In his latest incident of revealing more information than we probably need to know about Prometheus, Scott was speaking in Hungary (via Alien Prequel News) about his belief that the future will be dominated by large corporations… and in the process revealed the role Guy Pearce will play in the film.

“When the first ‘Alien’ movie and ‘Blade Runner’ were made, I thought that in the near future the world will be owned by large companies. This is 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, and is played by Guy Pearce. That’s the connection between the two films, and nothing more. Prometheus is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well.“


Pearce himself has said he won't be in the film very long, so while he's playing a suit type, it doesn't seem to be as extensive as, say, the Carter Burke role that Paul Reiser played in Aliens. And truly, the name of the corporation that runs the ship isn't even a spoiler, considering that it was present in Alien. But Scott's insisting that the name "Weyland" is the only connection between Alien and Prometheus feels a little "lady doth protest too much," given all the chatter about space jockeys and "similar DNA" we've been hearing for the last year.

So why bring it up at all? At this point your guess is as good as mine. Scott seems excited about what Prometheus has in store, so maybe he's just getting too worked up and revealing too much. Or maybe all this chatter is just a red herring to mask some real surprises coming up in Prometheus. Either way, we don't have much longer to wait to find out-- the movie opens at last on June 8.
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