Actors Idris Elba, Sean Harris and Kate Dickie have signed on to join Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace in Ridley Scott's new sci-fi thriller Prometheus, Mail Online reports. But don't expect any of them to tell you what it's about.
According to reporter Baz Bamigboye, Scott -- the celebrated director of such classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise and Gladiator -- has been going to "extraordinary lengths" to keep the details of his newest sci-fi epic from leaking onto the web. All the actors involved were forced to sign secrecy clauses, and Elba, Harris and Dickie were only allowed to read the script while in Scott's personal production office, or in the presence of his studio's professional security courier. When Baz pressed for more information one of Scott's actors jokingly told him that he could "recite the entire screenplay" -- but then he'd have to kill him.
"I was insistent that the script not leak onto the internet, where it gets dissected out of context, which spoils it for everyone" Scott said.
Still, we do know a little about Prometheus, secrecy clauses aside. "It's the story of creation, the gods and the man who stood against them," Scott told Mail Online. "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."
Prometheus, which begins filming in just three weeks, is not a prequel to Alien, as some have been speculating. But, as Scott has explained in the past, "Alien was indeed the jumping off point for this project," though "out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of 'Alien's' DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative."
With an incredible cast lining up behind Scott's mystery script, we have to believe that the director is working on something unusually special. Or, at the very least, something so monumentally weird ("the story of creation"?) that Scott fears the reaction from fans lacking the necessary context. Either way, Prometheus -- releasing June 8, 2012 -- is a movie to start getting excited about.
Source: Daily Mail