Prometheus Clip: Guy Pearce's TED Talk

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Just yesterday, Ridley Scott gave us some insight into his Prometheus and its Alien connection through the casting of Australian actor Guy Pearce and his character, Peter Weyland. The character is very familiar to those fans of the Alien series and in a new clip, we see Weyland giving the keynote speech at the fictional 2023 TED Conference. The annual confab is a gathering of individuals devoted to the business of human innovation.

The video of the speech was created by Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof, and the footage was directed by the helmer’s son, Luke Scott. It may or may not be in the final cut of the film, but for now… it is thrilling.

Scott and Prometheus have also released a full bio of Weyland as well. 

Sir Peter Weyland was born in Mumbai, India at the turn of the Millennium. The progeny of two brilliant parents; His mother, an Oxford Educated Professor of Comparative Mythology, his father, a self-taught software Engineer, it was clear from an early age that Sir Peter’s capabilities would only be eclipsed by his ambition to realize them. By the age of fourteen, he had already registered a dozen patents in a wide range of fields from biotech to robotics, but it would be his dynamic break-throughs in generating synthetic atmosphere above the polar ice cap that gained him worldwide recognition and spawned an empire.

In less than a decade, Weyland Corporation became a worldwide leader in emerging technologies and launched the first privatized industrial mission to leave the planet Earth. “There are other worlds than this one,” Sir Peter boldly declared, “And if there is no air to breathe, we will simply have to make it.”

Peter Weyland has been a magnet for controversy since he announced his intent to build the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade.

Whether challenging the ethical boundaries of medicine with nanotechnology or going toe to toe with the Vatican itself on the issue of gene-therapy sterilization, Sir Peter prides himself on his motto, “If we can, we must.” After a three year media blackout, Weyland has finally emerged to reveal where he’s heading next. Wherever that may be, we will most certainly want to follow.

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