Noomi Rapace Talks Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS; Rafe Spall Joins the Cast

     March 7, 2011

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Pre-production on director Ridley Scott’s sci-fi flick Prometheus is moving right along, and star Noomi Rapace recently spoke briefly about the film. Scripted by Damon Lindelof (Star Trek), the film began as a prequel to Scott’s Alien before spinning off into a wholly original project. Rapace stars alongside Michael Fassbender (portraying an Andriod) and Charlize Theron. Here’s what Rapace had to say in an interview with MTV:

“I’m jumping into that straight off of [Sherlock Homles: A Game of Shadows]. My character’s name is Elizabeth Shaw, and I’ll step into her shoes in March and be her for six months or something. It’s quite a long shoot. It’s unbelievable.”

In addition, The Daily Mail reports that Rafe Spall (Hot Fuzz) is the latest actor to join the cast. A few weeks ago, it was announced that Idris Elba, Sean Harris and Kate Dickie had signed on for the film. Hit the jump for more from Rapace, including the similarities and differences between her character and Alien’s Ripley.

Though Prometheus will supposedly be a stand-alone film, Scott has stated that “keen fans will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA.” Talking about the differences between Rapace’s character of scientist Elizabeth Shaw and Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, Rapace said:

“She’s definitely her own [character]. She’s a scientist and is very bright. She’s a believer. I think there are some similarities, but she’s very much her own. I don’t think people will compare her so much to Ripley once they see the movie.”

With production scheduled to start in March, Rapace has been in close contact with Ridley while she’s been finishing up the Sherlock Holmes sequel in London:

“It’s a great honor and I’m really excited. I’ve met him maybe seven or eight times and he’s so passionate. He really loves movies. He watches movies every night. He’s seen everything. We had a long chat on the phone — he’s in LA now — about my character. I have many ideas and he has many ideas, and now we’re starting to search and try to find her.”

While the film is currently shrouded in secrecy, many have speculated that Scott’s claims of Prometheus not being closely connected to the Alien films could be less than truthful. Rumors abound that the actual alien from the previous flicks will be making an appearance, in one way or another, in Prometheus. Nevertheless, I’m just excited to see Scott going back to the sci-fi genre, especially with the cast he’s assembled.

Prometheus is slated to open in 3D on June 3, 2012.

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