Ridley Scott just dropped an insane bit of viral marketing at this years TED Conference: an unhinged Prometheus inspired short film, in which Guy Pearce makes his first ever appearance as Peter Weyland, head of the Weyland corporation.

Yes, the very same evil megacorp that tried to kill Ripley and her feral adoptive child in Aliens (technically it had merged with Yutani and was officially Weyland-Yutani, but more on that later). Watch the birth of one of entertainment's most feared evil corporations.

We kind of love Pearce's vision for Weyland. A slightly raspy, unhinged gentleman who boasts of cybernetic individuals (like BISHOP) and bellows "We are the Gods now!"

In a recent interview Scott revealed that Pearce's character is truly the only real connective tissue between Prometheus and Alien.

"When the first Alien movie and Blade Runner were made, I thought that in the near future the world will be owned by large companies. This is why we have the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner, and Weyland-Yutani in Alien. They sent the Nostromo spaceship.

The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, who is played by Guy Pearce. That's the connection between the two films, and nothing more. Prometheus is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well."

But we'll believe that when we see it. So where does Lance Henriksen fit into all of this? If Alien Vs. Predator is to be believed, he is Charles Bishop Weyland. So perhaps he's Peter's Grandfather? Then again, we highly doubt Scott is taking any notes from what happened in AVP.

[via TED2023]