Noomi Rapace and Carey Mulligan Met with Ridley Scott About the Lead Role in the ALIEN Prequels

     October 7, 2010


Ridley Scott has not settled on who to cast in the lead role of the forthcoming 3D Alien prequel(s), but as far as I can tell, he doesn’t want an American.  The UK-born Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia) let slip last month that Scott wanted to get her on the phone to discuss the project.  According to Deadline, the list of actresses Scott has met with since then includes fellow Brit Carey Mulligan (An Education) and rising Swedish star Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

This is yet another chapter in the “Rapace takes Hollywood by storm” saga, which includes a role in Sherlock Holmes 2 and negotiations to star opposite Jeremy Renner in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters; Rapace reportedly made “a strong impression” on Mr. Scott.  And I’m fully in support of Mulligan cropping up in any casting decision that calls for a twentysomething female.  The list of actresses with whom Scott met is in all probability lengthy, so we’ll see in the coming weeks who lands the role.  Hit the jump for a rundown on what we know about the prequel.

The basics:

  • The plan is to film two prequels, both of which will be shot in 3D.
  • The action takes place thirty years prior to the events of the first Alien movie.
  • The main character will be — in the grand tradition of Ellen Ripley — female.
  • Damon Lindelof (Lost) was hired to rewrite the script.
  • Scott says the film is about “the discussion of terraforming — taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life.”
  • The prequels will elaborate on how “The Space Jockey” fits into the world of Alien

So how about it, Alien fans: are you pumped?  Do you think Rapace and/or Mulligan are a good fit, or did you have another actress in mind?

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  • Thelivinghead

    Definitely hoping for Rapace. I was really impressed with her performance in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and think she is a fitting replacement to carry the Alien franchise. Plus, she seems like the toughest of all the actresses mentioned thus far.

  • Christophercantos

    Gemma Arterton please!

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me or is Cary Mulligan not worth ALL this fuss?

    I say Greta Gerwig. She has so much potential and she looks tough.

    • Brendan Bettinger

      I’m one of the fussers, but it’s all based on An Education at this point. I could be wrong.And I doubt she’s on the list, but a Gerwig-led Alien prequel is definitely and Alien prequel I’d want to see.

      • Rashad

        She was great in Never Let Me Go and in her role in Wall Street. She’s one of the few actresses worthy of her hype.

      • al

        she was terrible in Wall Street

    • Bigfiction

      Gerwig is immediately my actress of choice to beat. Well thought out!

  • Marcbrousseau

    NOOMI RAPACE is a no brainer. She’s got ALIEN written all over her. Not because she is Ripley-esque but because she has certain qualities that make her very believable in that world.

  • John

    I really think Rapace keeps coming up because people want to root for the edgy foreigner no one in the mainstream has seen yet. You’ve seen the original Dragon Tattoo (which means you’ve likely read the books) – golf clap. Meanwhile, Rapace is a wooden performer and, frankly, hard on the eyes.

    • Koroko

      Wooden performer and HARD on the eyes?

      Yeah, you’re an idiot.

  • Saadgkhan

    Noomi Repace 101% she can take the movie to next level…my next choice will be Gemma Arterton, she was OutLandish in The Disappearance of Alice Creed, simply Outstanding… Carey is Talented but too small for Alien movie…

  • Darthmuppet

    Either choice would be pretty damn brilliant. If any of you have any doubts that Mulligan could pull this sort of role off, then do yourself a favor and check out her performance as Sally Sparrow in the third series Doctor Who episode, BLINK.

  • Kenneth E. Nation

    The original Alien didn’t have a lead actor/character. They all had equal time and importance to the story, so that we had no idea who was going to survive. Not until Cameron’s sequel did Sigorney Weaver/Ripley became the all important female lead.
    So I gues we now know the basic template for the prequels?

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