Watch Guy Pearce’s Prometheus character give a talk at TED 2023

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The worst-kept secret in Hollywood — er, the one that doesn't involve anyone's sexuality — is that Ridley Scott's Prometheus is a prequel to Alien, his 1979 sci-fi horror masterpiece. But a new viral marketing clip starring Guy Pearce, unveiled at this week's TED Conference, ditches the ruse.

In the clip (which isn't actually from the film), Pearce's character Peter Weyland — whose company eventually sends Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and her crew to their doom in the original 1979 film — addresses a crowd of thousands at TED 2023. He recounts the Greek myth of stealing fire from the gods, announces that "we can create cybernetic individuals indistinguishable from us" (presumably in the mold of Ian Holm's Ash or Lance Henriksen's Bishop), and boasts: "We are the gods now."

Pearce declines to laugh maniacally, as mad scientists are obligated to do, but we're still pumped for the film's June release. At least it can't be as bad as that planned Blade Runner sequel.