Guy Pearce Joins Quasi-'Alien' Prequel 'Prometheus'

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Ridley Scott took his place in sci-fi royalty when he unleashed his extraterrestrial horror film "Alien" out into the world in 1979. To make sure this wasn't a one-shot, he followed it up with the equally iconic "Blade Runner."

Scott became synonymous with emotional science fiction...and then never touched the genre again. That is, until "Prometheus."

Scott's might-be-kinda-sorta-but-probably-not-but-still-maaaaaybe prequel to "Alien" is currently in production in London and is one of the most anticipated projects in decades. A second coming of sorts.

Besides having one of the greats return to the world that put him on the map, "Prometheus" sports a cast that will have any movie buff shaking in anticipation: Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace (the Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") and now, as reps for the actor have confirmed to IndieWire, Guy Pearce.

Pearce has long been overlooked by Hollywood and mainstream audiences -- possibly on purpose. While he dabbles in big blockbusters and small indies, both here and in his native Australia, he's never really "hit it big" and his chameleon-style has allowed him to slip into countless, eclectic roles. His followed his breakout in "L.A. Confidential" with films like "Memento," "The Time Machine," "The Proposition,"The Road," "Animal Kingdom" and last year's Best Picture winner, "The King's Speech." Now he's taking a much deserved trip into space.

The script for "Prometheus," written by "Lost" creator Damon Lindelof, is locked away tighter than the gold in Fort Knox, so there are few details on what role Pearce may be taking or what he'll be doing on this new, space adventure. But with a cast and director like that, these are the sort of things we don't question -- we're already on board.