'Prometheus' trailer, 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' footage debut at WonderCon
The brand new trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus officially debuted today in Anaheim, Calif. at WonderCon, the fan convention little sister of Comic-Con. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof hosted the panel that featured Scott, and Prometheus costars Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender, and before screening the trailer, they promised the two-and-a-half-minute clip would help resolve many pressing questions fans have about the film.
The trailer does indeed illuminate a bit more of the film’s storyline. Check it out below:
As you can see, a pictogram discovered at sites from ancient civilizations spread across Earth and across time all appear to indicate the location of some sort of alien civilization. Once that planet is reached by the spaceship Prometheus, we get a quick glimpse at the space jockey from Scott’s Alien, and the sense that they find the same semi-circle ship that appears to have crashed in Alien. What’s in that ship? Some kind of goo that appears to be living. Creepy!
But after the trailer screened and Lindelof brought out Theron and Fassbender, the foursome pretty much vamped for the rest of their time on stage, not taking any questions from the WonderCon crowd. Instead, we heard from Scott on his casting process (he likes to get to know the actors before discussing the script) and Theron on acting in an ensemble (she likes actors!), before Lindelof fielded questions via Twitter that were mostly attempts to hit on Michael Fassbender. (How does Fassbender smell? Theron: “It’s a combination of musk and chilis. Sometimes mixed in with a little mint.”)
We were privy to at least one happy revelation: Scott is hoping to make a Prometheus sequel. “If we’re lucky, there will be a second part of this [film],” he said to cheers from the crowd. “The film does leave you with some nice big open questions.”
Prometheus hits theaters June 8.
The 20th Century Fox panel started with an energetic Seth Grahame-Smith introducing a new sequence from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the film Grahame-Smith adapted from his history/novel hybrid of the same name. The near-wordless sequence focused on the titular president (newcomer Benjamin Walker) on a train heading to the battle at Gettysburg and beset by a horde of evil bloodsuckers. It also featured two characters that Grahame-Smith later explained were created solely for the film: The film’s central vampire villain (played by Rufus Sewell) and Lincoln’s trusty right-hand man (played by Anthony Mackie). They all battle on the top of the train as it races over a wooden bridge that’s been lit on fire, Lincoln using a handy contraption that’s half ax, half rifle.
“So basically, just like we learned in school,” Grahame-Smith joked after the footage was over, before welcoming director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and star Benjamin Walker to the stage to take questions from the crowd. Walker — whose career was launched after he won raves for playing a different president in the Broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson — said that he did most of his research into our 16th president’s temperament rather than his achievements, reading Lincoln’s Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk. But ultimately he said he was most keen on another side of Lincoln’s personality. “He’s a badass!” said Walker. “As an American I want to know my leaders are strong, have the capacity to make hard decisions, and cut some heads off.”
Grahame-Smith said that while he understands the film’s central premise as presented in the title, he credits producer Tim Burton for wanting to make the film with no winking to the audience. But it wasn’t like the filmmakers were deadly serious, either. “I guarantee you it’s the only vampire movie this summer with a president killing vampires,” said Grahame-Smith.
When someone asked about Twilight, Grahame-Smith enthusiastically endorsed Stephenie Meyer’s accomplishment, especially since it got more people reading. “I’m not a Twilight hater,” he said, “but that said, our vampires don’t sparkle.”
Finally, what about our current president? If Barack Obama was a vampire hunter, what would his weapon of choice be? Walker didn’t flinch. “Diplomacy.”
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens June 22.