PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 02: Charlize Theron attends the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 02, 2021 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
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The concept of an "Alien" prequel helmed by director Ridley Scott dates back to 2002. It would take years to be a completed movie, due to 20th Century Fox's alternate ideas for the "Alien" movies, but eventually, Scott and Fox would resume talks over what would become "Prometheus."

Ridley Scott

Since "Prometheus" was going to use an entirely new cast, fresh actors would need to be hired, including Noomi Rapace as Dr. Shaw. Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, and Carey Mulligan were all frontrunners, but Rapace would eventually secure the role.

Leading Lady

Screenwriter Damon Lindelof explained that the film needed to wrap up its own story and not just end where “Alien” began. He also noted that the ending's lack of concrete answers was intentional — a byproduct of how everyone involved wanted to leave audiences thinking.

The Ending

Theron was initially approached to play the lead role, but losing out on that allowed her to portray the malevolent Meredith Vickers. This wasn't a part that was just handed over to Theron, as she managed to beat out other names for the part, most notably Angelina Jolie.

Charlize Theron

Many wondered whether the film was a reboot or a prequel. The film would make it clear in an epilogue that this was a prequel firmly set in the existing universe, but for the longest time, uncertainty hung over whether or not "Prometheus" was indeed a true "Alien" movie.

A Prequel?