Over the past few months, Digital Spy has spoken to Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce and Rafe Spall to try and get to the bottom of the Prometheus/Alien conundrum. Watch the video of the quartet below, then head down the page to uncover five things we know about Prometheus (WARNING: spoilery speculation ahead)...
It's not a direct prequel to Alien, but there are connections...
According to Guy Pearce (Prometheus's tycoon Peter Weyland), this is "far more than a prequel" and "stands alone [with] great ideas and wonderful philosophical approaches". Back when the movie was first announced, Scott declared that it shares "strands of Alien's DNA".
Since the trailers have surfaced, these strands have become more evident. The Space Jockey, the sinister involvement of the Weyland corp, and even the floating ship that crashes are all startlingly familiar.
At a London Q&A earlier this month, Scott highlighted the difference in planets - LV-223 in Prometheus, LV-426 in Alien - but did say that line only becomes clear "in the last seven minutes or so". Maybe we'll see an Xenomorph explode out of that Space Jockey's chest? Speaking of which...
There is a chest-bursting scene...
Scott revealed that John Hurt's iconic demise from his 1979 classic will be acknowledged. Potentially dropping a huge spoiler, the British director said that it involved Noomi Rapace's scientist and crew member Elizabeth Shaw.
"There is a scene that could be called the equivalent of that (Hurt's chest-bursting scene)," Scott said. "But that was private; no one witnessed that. It's your scene [points to Noomi]. But we can't say what it is."
Could it be during this scene, as glimpsed in the recent trailer?
It may end up being PG-13...
All four of the previous "pure" Alien movies (excluding the woeful Alien vs. Predator instalments) have been tough, gruesome R/18-rated extravaganzas. With Prometheus, this may not be the case as Scott is hoping to generate as much box office revenue as possible.
"The studios wrestle constantly with these ridiculous adjustments to whether it's PG-13, PG-15, R, double R and it does, to a certain extent, affect the box office," he said. "It's how they get their money back. And if studios don't get their money back, we don't have any movies."
Neither Noomi Rapace or Charlize Theron are "the new Ripley"...
Of course, Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley looks large over anything Alien-related, but science fiction cinema's greatest heroine is nowhere to be seen in Prometheus. Both Rapace and Theron have distanced themselves from their spiritual predecessor.
"She's more feminine [than Ripley], she's a bit more naïve in the beginning," Rapace told Digital Spy. "She's a believer, she's full of faith, she's a scientist and archaeologist. She goes on this journey in space and she changes into a fighter, warrior and survivor. She's very much a typical Ridley Scott woman!"
Theron, meanwhile, describes her frosty corporate figure Meredith Vickers as "a suit, essentially".
Theron explained at Comic-Con 2011: "At first, she comes across like a suit, very cold and frigid, it seems that it's all about the economics for her - she doesn't really come from one side or the other, she's not a scientist or a believer. She runs a tight ship. But you can tell that she's going to be a problem."
After glimpsing Meredith stood freakily still in the corridors of Prometheus in a recent trailer, could she in fact be an android like Michael Fassbender's David?
Prometheus sequels are a possibility...
Prometheus's last seven minutes may connect with Alien, but there's scope to return and make another movie in that universe. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Scott admitted that working on the movie has re-ignited his love for science fiction.
"I just thought Prometheus was so enjoyable - returning to the world of science fiction was so fun - that I wanted to [go back to Blade Runner, too]," Scott teased. "I'm also thinking about what the hell I might do for a Prometheus 2."
Honestly, we can't wait!
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Prometheus opens in cinemas on June 1.