Ridley Scott knows how to make an entrance even when he doesn’t show up.
To tell Comic-Con International fans about his upcoming movie “Prometheus,” the filmmaker appeared via satellite Tuesday from Iceland, standing in front of a waterfall with his leading lady, “Girl With a Dragon Tattoo’s” Noomi Rapace, who was wrapped in a puffy coat and confessed to a little disorientation at addressing the expo’s Hall H audience of 6,500-plus in the midst of shooting.
“I just came back from space,” Rapace said. “It feels really weird to come back to Earth again.” “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof, who wrote the screenplay for “Prometheus,” moderated the conversation, with another of the film’s stars, Charlize Theron, on stage.
“I realized that there was something in the original ‘Alien’ that no one has asked a question about,” Scott said, explaining what sparked his interest in returning to the franchise. “And I thought, well that could be the centerpiece.”
But he didn’t say exactly what that question was (though he has in the past). Scott on Tuesday said that “Prometheus” preserves the “original DNA” of “Alien” … “but we’ve gone in a completely different direction.” Based on a kind of sizzle reel the studio showed, “Prometheus” looks wholly of the “Alien” world, with its gooey, biomechanoid extraterrestrials, flame-thrower-wielding humans and a sinewy Rapace channeling series stalwart Sigourney Weaver.
Theron shared a bit of detail about her character in the film, Meredith Vickers. “She’s a suit, essentially,” Theron said. “She’s the machine that runs the machine that takes this mission into space. At first she comes across very cold and frigid. She’s not a scientist. She’s not a believer. She runs a tight ship. But you can tell that she’s gonna be a problem.”
– Rebecca Keegan
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