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After thirty years away from the genre, Ridley Scott is back in the land of science-fiction, with 20th Century Fox today releasing the first official teaser for “Prometheus,” the director’s highly-anticipated sci-fi tentpole.

Set on a remote planet, the CGI-heavy “Promethus’” looks like an epic (and terrifying) reunion for Scott and his “Alien” franchise, despite Fox repeatedly denying an “Alien” descent.

Fassbender_promStarring Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and the original “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Noomi Rapace, “Prometheus” (June 8) has the potential to do some B.O. damage leading up to Pixar’s “Brave” (June 22) as well as Par’s “G.I. Joe” sequel (June 29).

To be honest — I’m kinda surprised Fox isn’t going to town with the “Alien” angle, given a) it’s a popular franchise, b) how well the familiarity worked out for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (another Fox project) and c) the obvious undertones.

Still, it’s nice to see Ridley back in the sci-fi game.

“The keen fan will recognize strands of ‘Alien’s’ DNA, so to speak,” Scott previously said in a statement. “But the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative.”

Written by Damon Lindelof and John Spaihts, “Prometheus” hits theaters June 8, 2012.

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