Charlize Theron is in final negotiations to take on a role in Ridley Scott's Prometheus.
20th Century Fox were said to be keen for an A-list actress to star alongside original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Noomi Rapace, who had already taken one of the lead female roles.
The project was originally touted as an Alien prequel, although now it's reported to be a more distinct, standalone sci-fi piece.
Michael Fassbender, who's also starring in Prometheus, spoke to MTV (via Slashfilm) to explain the connection between this movie and its forebears.
The actor stated: "There's definitely a connecting vein. You realise 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 it, 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.”
Scott's return to sci-fi is a truly-mouthwatering project. If the director and his top-notch cast can even manage half of the scares, intelligence and originality of Alien, we'll be in for an absolute treat.
Fassbender will next be seen in Jane Eyre and X-Men: First Class.
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