Prometheus featurette might really be out there

20th Century Fox has released a new featurette for Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Prometheus.

In this video, we see clips of the theatrical trailer interspersed with interview bits in which director Ridley Scott and some of the cast members talk about the science behind the film, pointing out that, while unlikely, the premise of the film (that life on Earth originated in another part of the universe) is not impossible).

The film depicts the adventures of a team of explorers who follow an ancient map, which they find in various archeological dig sites around the world, to an alien complex of some kind, where they awaken a long-dormant race with ill intent toward humanity. The movie takes place in the same story universe as Ridley Scott’s previous original science fiction films, but deals with a different alien race at another time, though still a first-contact tale of sorts.

The synopsis is thus:

Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.

Here is the theatrical trailer, for reference:

Prometheus, which stars Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron, hits theaters in the US – in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D – on June 8, 2012.