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Latest ‘Prometheus’ Viral Video Offers Hints On Michael Fassbender’s Robot

'Prometheus' Teaser Trailer
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Of all the movies slated to hit theaters this summer, Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus‘ is at the top of our list. Given that it marks the legendary director’s return to sci-fi and that it’s (supposedly) set in the ‘Alien’ universe, what’s not to love? This morning saw the release of another teaser trailer for the anticipated flick and although it doesn’t offer much new in terms of the closely-guarded plot, it does give some interesting insight into Michael Fassbender’s robotic character David.

The trailer is an advertisement for Weyland Industries, the fictional robotics company that recurs throughout the movie franchise, and it features an interview with the highly advanced robot itself.

“I can do almost anything that could possibly be asked of me,” David intones. And later, somewhat ominously, he says, “I can carry out directives that my human counterparts might find … distressing or unethical.”

All in all, David appears fairly harmless as he speaks impassively about his cognitive abilities. But anyone familiar with the franchise knows that robots are usually anything but. (See Ash from the original ‘Alien’ for a refresher course on murderous synthetic life forms.)

The video is the latest part of the film’s viral campaign to build out the Weyland Industries backstory. A few months back, a clip of fictional CEO Peter Weyland (played by Guy Pearce) speaking at the TED technology conference surfaced. You can watch it below.

What do you think? What sort of role will David play in ‘Prometheus’? Will he be a robotic villain or a heroic figure like Bishop from James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’? And is his speech somewhat reminiscent of the one given by the replicant played by Rutger Hauer at the end of ‘Blade Runner’? Scott has hinted that ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner’ take place in the same universe. We’ll have to wait until ‘Prometheus’ hits theaters on June 8th.

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