Damon Lindelof spills more Prometheus secrets

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Dec 15, 2012

Just a day after a new plot synopsis for director Ridley Scott's Prometheus surfaced, more secrets about the upcoming sci-fi epic have been spilled—and now we're even MORE intrigued.

Screenwriter Damon Lindelof sat down with MTV News back in July at Comic-Con, with the interview just being posted online on Wednesday (Sept. 28). In it, the Lost co-creator—who helped morph Scott's initial idea for an Alien prequel into something more original—dropped some tantalizing info about the movie's characters and the actors playing them.

About getting the call to work with Scott, Lindelof said:

What ensued was a series of conversations where I was kind of interviewing Ridley to get a sense of the movie he wanted to make. Once I got a sense of that, then it was really about channeling that idea so that I was realizing his vision, as opposed to imposing my vision on it. That was my perspective. His perspective was more kind and generous in terms of ideas that I brought to the movie. But really everything I was coming up with was just a different spin on what he was saying to me.

Lindelof confirmed that actor Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) would be playing a robot and explained his approach to writing the role, which is not quite like Ash or Bishop from the Alien movies:

One of the things that evokes the idea of Blade Runner is, "What does the movie look like from the robot's point of view?" If you were to ask him, "What do you think about all of this? What's going on? What do you think about these humans who are around you?," wouldn't it be cool if we found a way for that robot to answer those questions.

Lindelof also spoke about Charlize Theron's character, a corporate type who, on the surface, might be comparable to the evil Weyland-Yutani minions of the Alien franchise—but then again, might not:

Her character's name is Meredith Vickers and she's sort of a corporate entity. That's another one of the familiar things from the Alien movies—that there are corporate interests in play. I feel like Charlize brought a new spin on that old variation...I don't think she's slimy [like Paul Reiser's character in Aliens]. She's not the fast-talking, snake-oil face of the company. By the way, "What company is she a face of?," I think is a big part of the fun."

With a cast that also includes Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce and Ben Foster in addition to Fassbender and Theron, Lindelof concluded by hinting that characters might end up dying when you least expect them to:

I think one of the really cool things about the first Alien, if you watch it cold, Ripley is kind in the background like one of the crew members, and you're like, "Skerrit's [who played Captain Dallas] the hero of the movie," and he's one of the first to go...I think the idea of building a really cool ensemble and again presenting the audience with like, "Who's going to be left standing at the end of this movie? Maybe all of them. Probably not," [that's] part of the fun of what we set out to do.

You can read the new plot synopsis here and watch Lindelof's interview below. We're getting more and more excited about Prometheus all the time—don't disappoint us, Damon and Ridley! The movie arrives on June 8, 2012.