Movies.com has an exclusive update on a story about Prometheus that is whipping around the web this week.
One of the biggest topics surrounding Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi film Prometheus is how it relates to the rest of the Alien movies. The official line is that the new movie is set decades before Alien (1979), however it is not a traditional prequel - with no ties to characters seen in the previous films.
However, this week Lance Henriksen said that "through the grapevine" he had heard something which would indicate a closer link. While promoting his role in the new animated series TRON Uprising, the actor (who appeared in Aliens as the android Bishop and returned for Alien 3 playing the same android and his human creator) told CraveOnline "I heard that they’re using a digital version of me to describe history." Henriksen went on to say "I can’t wait to see [Prometheus]...Neither can my manager.”
Henriksen in Aliens (1986) and Alien 3 (1992) [20th Century Fox]
These kind of digital cameos are nothing new. Terminator: Salvation had a digital Arnold Schwarzenegger and of course TRON: Legacy had both the real Jeff Bridges and a younger digital version of the actor. The possible Henriksen cameo made news around the web in the last couple of days, and apparently it was also news to Prometheus screenwriter Damon Lindelof.
Speaking exclusively to Movies.com, Lindelof weighed in on the Henriksen comments saying:
"I am a huge fan of Lance Henriksen, but I can 100% assure you that he makes no appearance in Prometheus."
So perhaps there was a mix-up on the "grapevine" of info that got to Henriksen, because from the sound of what the writer has to say, there are no classic Alien characters coming back in Prometheus.
Damon Lindelof talking to Michael Fassbender (who is playing an android) on the set of "Prometheus" [Kerry Brown/20th Century Fox]
Check back the week of the release of Prometheus for the rest of Movies.com's exclusive interview with Damon Lindelof. Prometheus bursts into theaters on June 8th.