Ridley Scott’s return to the world of science fiction with Prometheus is something that is immensely anticipated next year, and that anticipation is even further heightened by the fact that we know so little about the project.

If you’ve missed our coverage of the film so far, you can catch up on it all here, including the first two images from the film that both looked pretty damn awesome, but didn’t really help our understanding of what it would be about.

That understanding has now slightly been improved with the release of an updated plot synopsis courtesy of the film’s Facebook page, via CinemaBlend.com, that lets us in on a little more detail of what we can expect. The synopsis as we have known it up until know has read,

“Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.”

And the new updated version now gives is a little more to go on,

“Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.”

A third of the description is still dedicated to Scott and his well-established credits, with a nod to his earlier sci-fi films, but we do get the interesting notion of the film exploring the origins of mankind on Earth, and a battle for the future of the human race.

Prometheus has been co-written by Jon Spaihts (the upcoming The Darkest Hour) and Damon Lindelof (co-creator of TV’s Lost, and co-writer on the forthcoming Star Trek sequel), and will have an all-star cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, and Patrick Wilson.

This was a film that was always going to be immense – Scott no doubt wouldn’t (potentially) return to the world of his Alien films if it wasn’t worth revisiting – but reading that synopsis makes me look forward to its release even more. Prometheus is set to come out on 8th June next year, and will almost definitely be one of the biggest films of 2012, and quite possibly Scott’s career.