Michael Fassbender remains one of the most in demand actors in Hollywood, able to shift rather seamlessly between small independent films to big studio franchises. He will continue to show his range later this year when he takes up the title roles in Macbeth and Steve Jobs, and then next summer when he will kick-off Assassin’s Creed and return for his third take as Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse. Well it turns out another filmmaker has Fassbender’s number, and it’s two, as in Prometheus 2. Ridley Scott has confirmed that when Prometheus takes off again in 2017, Fassbender will be onboard to continue the search for humanity’s origin.
While promoting his new science fiction film The Martian at the Toronto International Film Festival, Scott confirmed that Fassbender will reprise his role as the android David in the upcoming sequel. “Oh, yes. He and I are friends, because we also did The Counselor. And, I love The Counselor. No one else seemed to,” Scott told Deadline.
Prometheus ended with Shaw (played by Noomi Rapace), and the disembodied head of David departing to find the alien Engineers and learn why they created life on Earth and why they’ve decided that it’s time to end that life. There was a rumor that there may be multiple David ‘droids in the film, which would be even more incentive for Fassbender above and beyond working with a trusted friend.
As for what Prometheus 2 will be about, or where Shaw and David will end up during its running time, Scott discussed the larger themes that he hopes to dissect in the new film:
You can either say, leave the first film alone and jump ahead, but you can’t because it ends on too specific a plot sentence as she says, I want to go where they came from, I don’t want to go back to where I came from. I thought the subtext of that film was a bit florid and grandiose, but it asks a good question: who created us? I don’t think we are here by accident. I find it otherwise hard to believe you and I are sitting here at this table, because the molecular miracles that would have had to occur were in the trillions, since the first sign of human life that crawled out of the mud with four fingers, would bloody well be impossible, unless there was some guidance system. Also, you have the sun approximately the same distance from earth as it is from maybe millions of planets and planetoids that are almost identical distance and therefore enjoy the value of sunlight on their soil. Are you telling me there are no other planets with human life? I simply don’t believe it.
That raises the question to me, same as was depicted in 2001 when that object comes hurtling through space, and lands in Ethiopia. And an ape that had been grubbing around in the water hole with all of them bickering at each other, goes up and touches it. He has a bigger thought injected into his brain than Newton got sitting under a tree and seeing an apple fall. Stanley then picks something metaphorically poetic in its violence, as the ape picks up a hip bone and brains the anteater so they can eat him. That is one gigantic, magnificent leap of a thousand years of evolution; that is where the world begins. It is pretty grand thinking, and that’s what I want to explore. You’ve got to go back and find those engineers and see what they are thinking. If engineers are the forerunners of us, and therefore were creators of life forms in places that were possible for biology to function, who created that? Where’s the big boy? You think this was all an accident? I don’t know. Even Stephen Hawking now says, I am not sure. He no longer believes in the big bang.
Comparing one’s film to 2001: A Space Odyssey is real act of cinematic chutzpah, but with critical and audience praise of The Martian high perhaps folks are willing to believe that Scott has another seminal sci-fi film in him. A lot of people were hoping Prometheus was going to be that, but the film never seemed to know for sure what it was about exactly.
In the meantime, this will fortify further speculation about Prometheus 2, for which a rumor was leaked last week that it will start shooting in February. Fassbender has a pretty packed schedule, so if he’s signed up, then it seems all the more likely that the sequel is ready to roll.
Prometheus 2 is currently scheduled for a Summer 2017 release. We’ll have more information about the film as it comes in.