Ridley Scott Confirms Michael Fassbender Will Return for Prometheus 2

Monday, 14 September 2015 - 3:00PM
Prometheus
Monday, 14 September 2015 - 3:00PM
Ridley Scott Confirms Michael Fassbender Will Return for Prometheus 2
Ridley Scott recently confirmed that he will be making Prometheus 2 right after The Martian, which means casting, plot, and release date news should be forthcoming. Now, we have the first piece of (encouraging!) news, as Scott has revealed that Michael Fassbender will return as the android, David.

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Oh, yes. He and I are friends, because we also did The Counselor," Scott told Deadline at TIFF. "Fassbender will do this one with me, and it's meant to start production in February. I'm in prep, now. I'll either shoot in Aussie, or here.
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Fans of the first Prometheus film (if there are any out there) will remember that David was brutally beheaded by an Engineer. However, he was revealed to be a functional talking head at the end of the film, and accompanied Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw on her quest to find the origin of humanity. So there's a chance that he will just be a talking head in the sequel, but more likely, he and Shaw will have devised a way to repair him and give him a full-size body.

This is very good news for the not-so-anticipated sequel, as Michael Fassbender was one of the best things about the film. When I look back at Prometheus, I remember an incoherent, nonsensical mess, plus a nuanced, compelling performance from Fassbender and an amazing scene of C-section body horror. It's much more likely that the sequel will have legs with his return, but we're still not counting our chickens.

Plot details are still under wraps, but when asked about the story of the sequel, Scott revealed that it will expand on the themes of the first film:

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I thought the subtext of that film was a bit florid and grandiose, but it asks a good question: who created us? I don't think we are here by accident. I find it otherwise hard to believe you and I are sitting here at this table, because the molecular miracles that would have had to occur were in the trillions, since the first sign of human life that crawled out of the mud with four fingers, would bloody well be impossible, unless there was some guidance system. Also, you have the sun approximately the same distance from earth as it is from maybe millions of planets and planetoids that are almost identical distance and therefore enjoy the value of sunlight on their soil. Are you telling me there are no other planets with human life? I simply don't believe it...

It is pretty grand thinking, and that's what I want to explore. You've got to go back and find those engineers and see what they are thinking. If engineers are the forerunners of us, and therefore were creators of life forms in places that were possible for biology to function, who created that? Where's the big boy? You think this was all an accident? I don't know. Even Stephen Hawking now says, I am not sure. He no longer believes in the big bang.
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Prometheus 2 will enter production in early 2016, and will likely be released sometime in 2017.
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