Watch 'Prometheus' Character Peter Weyland's Viral Talk at TED2023
Just yesterday director Ridley Scott revealed the link between Prometheus and Alien to be within a character played by Guy Pearce. In Alien, a company called Weyland-Yutani sent the Nostromo ship into space, and Pearce is playing Peter Weyland in Prometheus. It's a good thing we have that information as a bit of a viral campaign is beginning with a new video at TED2023 (or Technology, Entertainment and Design), which has previously featured talks from J.J. Abrams, has Pearce speaking as Weyland about changing the world and making the future through his company Weyland Industries. This is just awesome!
The page on the official TED blog describes Peter Weyland (Pearce) like this:
Peter Weyland has been a magnet for controversy since he announced his intent to build the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade.
Whether challenging the ethical boundaries of medicine with nanotechnology or going toe to toe with the Vatican itself on the issue of gene-therapy sterilization, Sir Peter prides himself on his motto, "If we can, we must." After a three year media blackout, Weyland has finally emerged to reveal where he's heading next. Wherever that may be, we will most certainly want to follow.
It's not exactly clear how all this will tie into Prometheus yet, but apparently this video will not be in the film itself. However, Ridley Scott's son, Luke Scott, directed the video which was conceived by the Alien director and also Damon Lindelof, the writer of Prometheus. In fact, The TED blog also has a great Q&A with Lindelof about writing a lecture for their series as if it took place in the future and about TED in general. You can check that out right here. An website for Weyland is also up at WeylandIndustries.com:
Right now it prominently features the video saying, "Considered a seminal moment in the career of our founder Peter Weyland, this 2023 TED Talk launched Weyland Corp into the international spotlight. In honor of our 50th year, Weyland Corp is planning to offer a new round of investment soon. Interested parties can expect to find out more within the next few days." It also lists the hashtag #WeylandInvestors so there's likely more to come from this website and a hopefully exciting viral campaign leading up to the release of the film in June. Stay tuned and we'll do our best to keep you updated. Everyone excited?