TED Talks certainly has a high opinion of itself. They absolutely earned that opinion, but they think they’re going all the way to 2023. Through TED magic, they’ve managed to bring us a clip of a TED Talk from Peter Weyland, who is played by Guy Pearce in Ridley Scott‘s upcoming sci-fi film, Prometheus. It’s a clever and captivating piece of viral marketing, and it makes me want a spin-off featuring just Weyland. Pearce is hypnotic as the ambitious, eloquent, and somewhat terrifying CEO. His monologue also reveals some important details about the film: 1) His TED talk takes place at least a few years before Prometheus since Weyland mentions that they’ll soon have human-looking androids (Michael Fassbender‘s character is an android); and 2) The thinking behind the man who will send the spaceship Prometheus on its journey. The speech ends with a line that gave me chills and which I won’t spoil here. One additional note: this appears to be the beginning of a viral/ARG. Click here to go to the Weyland Industries website.
Hit the jump to check out the TED Talk from 2023. Prometheus also stars Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, and Idris Elba. The film opens in 3D on June 8th.
Via the Twitter feed of Prometheus co-writer, Damon Lindelof.
Here’s what the TED Blog page says about Peter Weyland:
Peter Weyland has been a magnet for controversy since he announced his intent to build the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade.
Whether challenging the ethical boundaries of medicine with nanotechnology or going toe to toe with the Vatican itself on the issue of gene-therapy sterilization, Sir Peter prides himself on his motto, “If we can, we must.” After a three year media blackout, Weyland has finally emerged to reveal where he’s heading next. Wherever that may be, we will most certainly want to follow.
Conceived and designed by Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof and directed by Luke Scott.