Potential Casting, New Details & Title Debunked for 'Alien' Prequel

December 8, 2010
Source: Vulture


Though we've been hearing about the upcoming Alien prequels from director Ridley Scott for some time now, details have been few and far between. We've heard rumblings of a female Colonial Marine General, potential casting for that role and a reference to an alien that Scott has referred to as the Space Jockey, but other than that, we're pretty much in the dark. However, Vulture, who has been responsible for most of the scoops for these prequels, has a slew of new updates. First and foremost, let's give this sucker a title since the prequel has apparently been dubbed Paradise. But that's not all, because there's even more info below.

In addition to the new title, Vulture reveals that this prequel is more or less a reboot of the Alien franchise. It sounds like the story still takes place years before the events of Alien, but Paradise will once again with a group of isolated space travelers who find themselves face-to-face with a monstrous alien that begins killing the crew one right after the other. Hopefully this isn't a lifeless rehashing of the original, because that would render these prequels mostly irrelevant and be a waste of some talented actors. Speaking of actors, while no official offers have been made, there are plenty more names in the running.

We've already heard about Noomi Rapace and Natalie Portman being in the running for the lead female role of Elizabeth Shaw, but she's obviously not the only one facing off with these monsters. Much like the first film, Paradise also has an android character by the name of David which is said to be "an earlier version of the Bishop 341-B character that Lance Henriksen famously played in Aliens." Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) has been sought for that role, but apparently his agents/managers shot for the moon with their paycheck request, which kind of caught Sir Ridley Scott offguard, and the director may have changed his mind.

Though everyone's used to a strong female leading the charge against these aliens, there's room in space for more females. Apparently Scott is interested in giving the "tough but sexy" female role of Vickers to Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Tomorrow Never Dies). She's not an obvious choice and she has quite the action background, so that's a plus. But perhaps the most interesting character that Vulture reveals is one that will be crafted entirely by digital effects, but brought to life by an actor through motion capture. While you may think mocap master Andy Serkis is perfect for the job, apparently the casting call is specifically looking for an actor who is six feeet, five inches tall.

While all this information sounds wholly intriguing, a recent Twitter update from 20th Century Fox's account has us skeptical. The Senior Vice President for Corporate Communication updated their feed saying, "I don't know where to begin to correct what is being written about a certain Ridley Scott project…" It sounds like there might be some false information floating around, but no specific details have been debunked. Just to be safe, take these new details with a grain of salt until official word surfaces. Personally, I just want this to get into production already. At least the recent rumors of a production delay are untrue, so it looks like the first film will still see the light of day in the next year or two rather than 2013 or 2014.  What do you think of this new information?

UPDATE: As we warned above, most of the information provided seems to have been dubbed false by Fox. The aforementioned Senior Vice President for Corporate Communication, Chris Petrikin, also wanted to confirm that there will only be one Alien prequel as opposed to the talk of two prequels that has been circulating the web for sometime. Once again, most of the updates seem to be false, but hopefully we'll have some real information on the project soon.

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  • Kamish
    It's very quiet...too quiet
  • dex
    it's too quiet in space
  • Xerxex
    Fassbender and Yeoh? I like it.
  • Jericho
    QUICK CALL THEM, I'M SIX FEET FIVE INCHES!!!!!!!! barefoot anyways i like the casting call and hope it actually turns out to be true, i was hoping for something to explain that 'Space Jockey' but this would still be nice....
  • kLO
    In space, no one can watch you cream your pants! I'm excited.
  • Crystal
    This will either be savagely brilliant or a savage dissapointment, hoping for the latter but after reading the synop expecting the former, this needs to be more of a suspense / slasher, we've moved on from that, it needs to be more of a space opera / suspense / slasher...
  • A reboot? Same formula? Come on! How can you top the original by doing the same thing? I am a little less excited about this project now. But we'll see..
  • Chris
    If it's for motion-capture, what does it matter how tall the 'source' actor is? (btw "looking for an actor who is six _feeet_, five inches tall."?). I mean - King Kong, 25 feet tall. Andy Serkis... not so much.
  • ChrisC5g
    sounds like the space jockey could be six foot 5 maybe?
  • DanM
    The fact that the character is 6' 5" is irrelevant if it's being done with motion capture. Andy Serkis' is also not the same size as Gollum (who is Hobbit-sized - average is 3' 6" tall according to Wikipedia). This is a simple re-targeting issue.
  • @ 8, 9 and 10, I agree, and it seemed strange to me as well. Perhaps that's why most of the information above has been deemed false for the time being.
  • Astroboy3000
    these re-boots mostly come out at night.... mostly
  • Ripley
    Get away from my franchise, you *bitch!*
  • A5J4DX
  •'re saying that Jar Jar Binks is gonna be in the new Aliens prequel??
    The Space Jockey is at least 20 ft tall.
  • Jimmy Love
    12 and 13 YEAH! I sure wouldn't mind getting some more of the Prequel poontang! Yeah but the prequel you had was a male! yeah but it dont matter with those prequels baby!
  • uberman
    As one of the stars of the new prequel, I can tell you that this IS about an isolated group of space travelers encountering an alien from another planet that is killing them one by one in gruesome ways. As to the alien, heres a hint: The planet they are orbiting is called KRYPTON...
  • guess he don't like the cornbread either
    I preferred Aliens.




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