Preview: ‘Prometheus’ footage reveal and Ridley Scott Q&A

Stripped of digital devices yet still somehow retaining our dignity, CineVue and a host of UK film folk were this morning treated to a short (13 minute) but satisfying glimpse of the Ridley Scott’s upcoming 3D sci-fi epic Prometheus (2012). It would take something special to muscle into The Dark Knight Rises and Avengers Assemble’s battle for box office supremacy, but Prometheus has the potential and the pedigree to wow the critics and public alike and seriously challenge the comic book behemoths.

Naturally, 20th Century Fox didn’t want to give away too many plot details so the footage we were shown didn’t reveal anything we didn’t already know. We saw a clip of archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her partner Holloway ( Logan Marshall-Green) discovering a cave painting on the Isle of Skye, depicting a tall alien figure pointing to a planetary system. We were then whisked across impressive 3D space and onto the deck of the ship Prometheus, where android David (Michael Fassbender) was busy waking the crew up after their 2 ½ year’s in stasis.

Scrubbed up and hydrated, the crew were briefed by a holographic Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), founder of the Weyland Corporation which is financing the mission. Shaw and Holloway then explained that the paintings they discovered in the cave have been found at various sites around the world and the only system that matched image had a sun and an Earth-like planet, which they have just arrived at. We then saw a clip of the ship entering the planets atmosphere and landing on the surface.

Ridley Scott, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron were on hand to answer a few questions after the preview footage and were all tight-lipped, but in good form. Ridley “don’t call me Sir” Scott confirmed to those still in doubt that Prometheus does have a connection to his 1979 classic Alien, but what that is only becomes clear in the final act. His original idea was to create a more direct sequel, but as the screenplay was being written the story took a different direction and they decided to run with it. Rapace revealed that some of the scenes she filmed “gave her nightmares” and that her character has a “similar spirit to Ellen Ripley”. Fassbender stated he based his character of Michael on Dirk Bogarde’s Barret in the The Servant (1963), T.E Lawrence and David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976).

There were no amazing revelations and the complementary croissants were dry (!?), but this morning’s Prometheus showcase remained a tantalising taste of what is bound to be one of the film of the year.

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is due to be released in UK cinemas on 1 June, 2012.

*Make sure you check out the brand new international trailer below!

Lee Cassanell