Ridley Scott reveals Guy Pearce’s “Prometheus” role and the connection to the “Alien” franchise

Until now Ridley Scott has been as secretive as possible regaring his upcoming film ‘Prometheus’ even going so far as releasing a trailer that doesn’t reveal the actual threat or antagonist within the film. Today he’s giving a bit more insight that what we’ve seen from this film, without painfully thoughtbreaking analaysis, of how we can expect this film to tie into the Alien franchise.

Source: Empire

Now though, thanks to a Hungarian interview with Ridley Scott picked up by the Alien fansite APN, we learn that he’s playing a certain Peter Weyland.

That surname is one that should be familiar if you’ve been paying attention to the Alien films thus far: Weyland-Yutani is the shady mega-corporation responsible for the xenomorph outbreak in the first place. Paul Resier’s odious Carter Burke was one of their executives in Aliens, and Lance Henriksen played company founder Charles Bishop Weyland in Alien vs Predator (the model for the Bishop androids we meet later).

“When the first Alien movie and Blade Runner were made,” says Ridley, “I thought that in the near future the world would be owned by large companies. That’s why we have the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner and Weyland-Yutani in Alien. They sent the Nostromo spaceship. The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, who is played by Guy Pearce. That’s the connection between the two films, and nothing more.”

And nothing more? We’ve already noticed that the ‘Space Jockey’ is in this film and now he’s making it clear that the films exist in the same universe with the continuity binding ‘Weyland-Yutani’ company. I still think there’s more to this than he’s willing to reveal and the only way we’ll get a clear idea is if we give in and just buy tickets for the movie already. Well played Mr. Scott.

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