When the supremely entertaining Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation hit theaters this summer, people walked away talking about one aspect of the movie in particular: Rebecca Ferguson. Indeed, the actress pretty much stole the entire film from “movie star” Tom Cruise, and she rightfully became highly in demand in the movie’s wake. While she was courted for Fox’s X-Men spinoff Gambit, she instead chose the female-driven bestseller adaptation The Girl on the Train for her follow-up film. But now it’s time to fill her 2016 schedule, and the suitors are a-comin’.
Per Deadline, Ferguson is in talks to star opposite Michael Fassbender in the long-developing Jo Nesbø adaptation The Snowman. Initially developed as a directing vehicle for Martin Scorsese, the film now has Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy helmer Tomas Alfredson in the director’s chair and revolves around a detective investigating the disappearance of a young boy’s mother. During the course of the investigation, he comes to believe he’s tracking Norway’s first serial killer. Scorsese is executive producing the project, with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner producing.
Ferguson’s involvement isn’t a sure-thing just yet, but both sides are apparently keen on closing the deal soon in order to firm up a January start-date and solidify this as Fassbender’s next movie following Assassin’s Creed.
But with regards to Ferguson, her “in-demand” status doesn’t end there. The report notes that she’s also eyeing the starring role in Guernsey (aka The Guernsey Literary Society and Potato Peel Pie Society), which has Mike Newell attached to direct and a title that I desperately hope remains unchanged. That project is still in early stages, but Ferguson is reportedly eager to work with Newell.
And perhaps most intriguing, Ferguson is also being eyed for a role in Ridley Scott’s next project, the Prometheus sequel Alien: Paradise Lost. Apparently the latest draft of the script was just delivered, and it’s “very strong” with “a peach of a major female.” Fox was eager to nab Ferguson for Gambit, and they’re apparently hoping to land her for the Prometheus follow-up (which would reunite her with Fassbender for back-to-back projects), though no talks have taken place just yet. So what’s the role? Scott recently revealed that in addition to Fassbender and Noomi Rapace’s characters, Paradise Lost includes a new group of travelers, so perhaps that’s where this new female character fits in. Or maybe she’s an Engineer, which would certainly be an interesting fit.
So, as you can see, Ferguson is desired for quite a few exciting projects, and I imagine there’s more to come. Will she do all (or any) of them? It’s unclear at the moment, but given the immense talent she displayed in Rogue Nation, she’s certainly deserving of such a high profile. More Rebecca Ferguson in movie theaters is a very good thing.