Noomi Rapace, well known for her roles in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, was the first to be cast in Scott’s new film as the female lead, and Deadline are reporting that Marshall-Green has been cast opposite her, and will be playing Rapace’s love interest.
This will be Marshall-Green’s biggest film to date, and is likely to give his career a significant boost – Sigourney Weaver, for example, wasn’t at all well known before playing Ripley in Scott’s Alien back in 1979. So this is certainly looking to be a huge break for him. I must admit, I have not seen much of the actor’s recent work, but his recurring roles in The O.C. and 24 were both performed so well that I have deservedly high expectations for him. And with Ridley Scott at the helm, failure simply isn’t an option.
Alongside Rapace and Marshall-Green will be starring Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, and Idris Elba, and all have done some of their finest work in recent years. Elba will be seen in the upcoming Thor film, Fassbender will be playing a young Magneto in the upcoming X-Men: First Class, and Theron – one of my favourite actresses – will be the lead in the upcoming film, Young Adult, which is directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, the pair who gave us Juno.
Everything that’s known so far about Prometheus is incredibly promising, and it is definitely shaping up to be one of the biggest films of 2012. Now that the lead male has been cast in Marshall-Green, filming can begin shortly, and I’m hoping we’ll be granted the occasional sneak preview of on-set, in-costume photographs in the coming months to get an idea of exactly what to expect from Scott’s next film.