Scott is doing a great job stirring up a bunch of hype and speculation for his upcoming sci-fi epic Prometheus. First it was supposed to be an Alien prequel, and then it wasn’t an Alien prequel. Eventually it was explained to have some thematic tie to the Alien universe. What has been clear for a while, though, is that the cast looks impressive. Already on board to play key roles were Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Charlize Theron. Fassbender and Rapace have become pretty hot properties in the film world over the last year or two, and Theron is a big name that has turned in great performances in the past. This should indicate that the source material of Prometheus is nothing to sneeze at. I can’t imagine this being any sort of cookie cutter sci-fi romp and still being able to lure in all that talent.
Well, a couple more names have started to fill out the cast, and I’m excited about one in particular. The Daily Mail reports that Idris Elba, Kate Dickie, and Sean Harris have joined the cast. I’m not familiar with any of Harris or Dickie’s work, but I’m always glad to see Elba signing on for film roles. He is, of course, an actor from the constantly pimped to you everywhere you go HBO series The Wire, which is the best thing on television, ever. That show was full of great acting, and Elba’s role as Stringer Bell was one of the most important and best played. I’ve yet to see one of the Wire alum really break out in a film role and I keep waiting for it. Could this be Elba’s chance?
If Ridley Scott is to believed, this will be a film for the ages. He describes it as, “ … the story of creation, the gods and the man who stood against them. It’s not a small film, I’m using the giant James Bond 007 stage at Pinewood and six other sound stages to film it.” It sounds like the one-two punch of this and X-Men: First Class could do a lot to launch Fassbender into becoming a main stage player. Hopefully it will be good enough to help out some of the other actors as well.