Ridley Scott’s Prometheus spaceship is laden with more than just the crew on a voyage to discover the origins of mankind. It’s fraught with symbolism, according to a new trailer.
“When we looked at Prometheus, I remember saying it would be cool if the name of the movie was the name of the ship,” says writer Damon Lindelof.
“Prometheus talked about all of the things we wanted the movie to be about, creation, defiance of the gods, the hubris of it all,” he added.
Director Scott, who returns to science fiction with the movie, after helming such classics as “Blade Runner,” and “Alien,” also says the ship represents the state of the art for interstellar travel.
“It’s the most spectacular vehicle,” says the director. “When technology is perfect and very complex, it’s very often beautiful.”
If the ship looks like an insect, or maybe even a parasite, that was by design, says Production Designer Arthur Max. “It should have a dynamic and graceful angle. We tried to echo that with these gigantic engine pods that rotate in any direction so that you can turn and hover,” he explains.
“It’s not an aircraft unless it has a window. So we decided to introduce a gigantic wrap-around windscreen under the skull of the insect carapace,” he adds. “Then also include viewing platforms to stand out on as you travel through space.”
Scott is known for attention to detail and lavish production values. Not surprisingly, the spaceship, which serves as a backdrop for a number of scenes, reflects his style.
“It’s just a lot of not having to act that much because it is quite spectacular,” says Charlize Theron, who plays project manager Meredith Vickers.
The 20th Century Fox movie also stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce and Idris Elba.
It debuts June 8. In the meantime, check out the featurette below.