'Prometheus': Ridley Scott returns to space -- FIRST LOOK

When it comes to sci-fi classics, Ridley Scott has a pretty impeccable record. Not only did he direct the fiery 1979 action-fest Alien, he helmed the genre-redefining Blade Runner in 1982.

So it’s understandable that anticipation is running high for Scott’s upcoming sci-fi return, Prometheus, a 3-D space thriller starring Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, and Noomi Rapace, which is set to hit theaters on June 8, 2012. Lucky for you, EW has the exclusive first look at the film!

The top-secret project, about a team of scientists whose spaceship (called Prometheus) gets marooned on a distant planet, has been teased as an Alien prequel, and although Scott and his cast won’t confirm that for sure, they certainly aren’t denying it. “There’s definitely a link to Alien,” claims Fassbender before adding, “There’s creatures in it that you’ll recognize.”

But other cast members, like Theron, are playing coy. Says the actress, “I think people should really let go of the idea that it’s an Alien film.”

So are the two films related at all? Truthfully, it may be a while before we know whether the $100 million Fox production is, in fact, directly related to Alien, but we do know one thing for sure: People will be very eager to see the finished product.

For more on Prometheus’ connection to Alien, as well as some additional production photos, check out the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now!

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