Director Ridley Scott and co-writer Damon Lindelof premiered the first full-length Prometheus trailer yesterday, a few hours after an abbreviated IMAX trailer came online with some of the new footage from the full-length trailer. If this trailer is a small taste of what’s to come, expect big things to come from it.
Prometheus starring Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace has been shrouded in secrecy since its switch over a year ago from a true Alien prequel to a film set in the same universe with hints of Alien “DNA,” but serves as its own mythology. Ridley Scott, Damon Lindelof and his stars have been extremely cautious not to discuss plot details other than the film will make viewers questions the evolution of mankind.
The first Prometheus teaser trailer did just that; it teased links to the Alien film in the form of the Space Jockey, the derelict spaceship and horror elements. This new Prometheus trailer delves into the plot exposes elements I didn’t expect to come out until the film’s release. If you’re hyper-sensitive about spoilers and want to go into Prometheus as virgin about the narrative as possible, turn back now.
The Prometheus trailer introduces the idea that a common symbolic pattern has been discovered in seven archaeological dig locations across planet Earth. It is suggested that this pattern is an invitation to another planet, one that the scientist played by Noomi Rapace is most interested in accepting.
The ship Prometheus heads out into the stars to this planet and once there, the crew find small canisters that contain small living organisms. “Big things have small beginnings,” notes the android Dave, played by Michael Fassbender, as he examines something on his finger.
Is this biological material the building block of all life? If so, what does that mean for the belief in God? There are so many questions and yet so few answers.
One of the surprises spoiled is the Prometheus ship plowing into the Space Jockey ship, causes it to crash to the ground. This is implied to be a deliberate act given numerous warnings during the trailer about that ship reaching Earth and destroying it. What happens after the ship crashes is the big mystery.
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus with Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron bows on June 8. You can secure your tickets early at the AMC Theaters website.