It has been confirmed that Michael Fassbender will star in Ridley Scott’s upcoming film, Prometheus.

Fassbender’s involvement in this much anticipated sci-fi flick has been rumoured for some time, but it has today been announced this he will definitely feature, and in one of the film’s lead roles.

Relatively little seems to be known about the film itself, although Scott reportedly stated that Prometheus as has evolved into its own “grand mythology and universe”, since starting life as a prequel to his 1979 sci-fi horror, Alien. Designer of the original alien, H. R. Giger himself, is also said to be involved with the film.

In addition, Swedish Millennium Trilogy actress, Noomi Rapace, has been cast in the role of Elizabeth Shaw, a scientist who is one of the film’s five main characters. The studio was also rumoured to be considering the likes of Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, and Michelle Yeoh for a character called Vickers, whilst a character referred to only as “Engineer 1″ will reportedly be portrayed by a 6’5” character entirely using CGI.

Fassbender will play an android – which will make quite a change from his roles in the likes of Fish Tank, Inglorious Basterds and, of course, the critically acclaimed Hunger. Never one to shy away from unusual projects, Fassbender also recently appeared John Maclean’s short film, Man on a Motorcycle, which was shot entirely on a mobile phone and screened at last year’s BFI London Film Festival.

With Prometheus‘ release date being pushed back to 8th June, could this be the summer blockbuster of 2012? We’ll keep you posted!

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