In /alien-prequel-becomes-prometheus/mid-January, it was revealed that Ridley Scott was turning his proposed Alien Prequel into Prometheus, and that Noomi Rapace had been set to headline this sci-fi thriller. At the time, it was also announced that Charlize Theron was circling the project.

Today, Charlize Theron is in final talks to co-star in this high profile summer release, which has already been given a release date of June 8th, 2012. There is no mention of the character that Charlize Theron will be playing at this time, but it is believed that both she and Noomi Rapace will be the leading protagonists with equal screen time.

It was also /prometheus-adds-michael-fassbender/announced in June that Michael Fassbender will be playing an android in this prequel of sorts, which is bringing back the iconic bug-like creatures from the original Alien. It is assumed that Michael Fassbender's character will fall in line with Lance Henriksen's Bishop from 1986's Aliens.

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Michael Fassbender recently spoke out about his role in Prometheus, and how the story connects to Ridley Scott's original Alien.

"There's a definite connecting vein. You realize you're part of something else, but it's definitely in keeping with the old ones. When I read it, I was like, 'Well, okay, another Alien. Where do you go with this idea?' And then I sort of read the script, and it's new, yet it's in keeping with the old traditions as well. But there's a whole new revelation within this film. The first 'Alien' [movies], they were thrillers. Something's going on. It's creeping, it's sinister. Things are happening, it's building, [and there are] different sorts of intrigues and politics going on between the different relationships on board. There's action in (this new film), but the intelligence is what struck me when I read it. It's more sort of like the original ones. There are things happening and building, and the intelligence of the first two-thirds of the film gets you ready for the action."

Prometheus is set to begin shooting later this year.

B. Alan Orange