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 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?