Of all the cast members in the “Alien” prequel “Prometheus”, the most mysterious role is Guy Pearce’s. He’s not been seen in any of the promotional material (that we know of), and the filmmakers have been keeping mum about it. Until today. A Hungarian newspaper managed to scoop a brief interview with director Ridley Scott. In it, he finally revealed some information about who Aussie actor Pearce is playing.
Fansite AvP Galaxy translated the piece, and this is what Scott had to say: “When the first Alien movie and Blade Runner were made, I thought that in the near future the world will be owned by large companies. This is 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, and is played by Guy Pearce. That’s the connection between the two films, and nothing more. Prometheus is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well.”
Sounds like a role similar to that of Lance Henrikson’s in “Alien Vs Predator”. While that movie was ultimately unfulfilling, Henrikson as Charles ‘Bishop’ Weyland gave fans a nice link to the “Alien” films. His character was portrayed as a reckless billionaire-adventurer, albeit with a sympathetic edge. Somehow I doubt Scott will be painting the Weyland name in a very favourable light. Bureaucrats and businessmen are always treated with disdain in this universe. And as an actor, Pearce should be able to find something juicy to dig into, dramatically.
“Prometheus” also stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron. The sci-fi thriller premieres 8th June.