Rapace Favorite For ‘Alien’ Prequel Lead; Others Still Being Considered

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:13 pm,

Ridley Scott is doing what David Fincher did in his search for the new Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and really taking his time when choosing a star for his upcoming Alien prequel(s).

Deadline is reporting on continued meetings that have taken place between Scott and actresses who could possibly take the lead role in the Alien prequel. The original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi Rapace, has been the strongest candidate thus far and it appears she is now Scott’s favorite contender.

However, this is one coveted lead role and other actresses being named as candidates are Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch), Olivia Wilde and Natalie Portman. Portman was reportedly Fox’s top choice for the role (Rapace was noted as being a close second) – could we be looking at a case where the studio wants one actress while Scott wants another? Who do you think will win out between the pair?


Decisions like this more often than not depend upon the studio because, after all, the studio is the one putting up the biggest chunk of change to make the movie. Deadline states that Fox will have heavy involvement in choosing the female lead, so my guess is if they desperately want a big name like Portman then they’ll ultimately cast her instead of Rapace.

Supposedly the studio is going to take into consideration Rapace’s English (she originally hails from Sweden) - does that mean they’re concerned that she can’t speak English clearly enough to lead a big American movie? In the interviews I’ve seen, she speaks English just fine – check out an interview she did with Empire to judge for yourself.

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Noomi Rapace in ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Portman currently has the buzz of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan to ride on – however, Rapace has also made quite an impression on Hollywood, with a major role in Sherlock Holmes 2 already in the bag; and she isn’t exactly struggling for new offers. If she ended up landing the Alien gig, it, along with the Holmes role, could really put her on the Hollywood map and pave the way for much bigger paychecks.

It’s not quite clear yet if these names being thrown around for the Alien prequel are all contenders for one role, or whether several actresses will end up in the movie as part of an ensemble. In support of the latter scenario, James Franco and Anne Hathaway recently became linked to the movie. Each chapter of the original Alien quadrilogy – despite having Ripley as the heroine – always had a strong ensemble as well, so perhaps Scott will continue that trend with his prequels.

Stay tuned to find out who ultimately snags the lead role.

The first Alien prequel is slated to be in theaters sometime in 2011.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I have almost no interest in these films at all. They’re going to ruin the best part of the creature, it’s mysterious origin. The only way I’m remotely interested is b/c Noomi Rapace could star, and I love her as an actress.

  2. Who cares about the Aliens, I’m sick of that franchise. PERIOD. Sshould have ENDED with ALIENS, but NO they just HAD to make more, with each movie worse than the last. I’m not going into the AVP fiasco.

    • Alien 3 was ok, but I agree, it should have ended with Aliens. It’s sad the last good film from this franchise was made in the late-80s.

      • …and yet with one kick-a** trailor, you’ll be all over this film like syrup on pancakes.

        • I seriously doubt it.

        • I know I would…

  3. I think the question for the studio if it comes between Rapace and Portman will be completely financial (of course) — Rapace will be the less expensive actress initially, but can Portman’s name more than make up for her pricetag? hmmm…

  4. Noomi Rapace would be an excellent choice.

  5. Noomi will own anyone in this role, period!

  6. You know you would think that a director of Scott’s caliber wouldn’t have to do this but if he wants her bad enough maybe he should do a reading of the crux scene in the script with each actress film it and screen it for the execs. Maybe breaking it down in this way would help sell his point of view. Frankly though I hope he finds good reason to abandon the project. It seems to me like he’s not trying to say anything important with the movies because of how little involvement he’s had with the script duties. Most would agree that demystifying “Alien” holds little fan interest, so the only point to this seems to be a money grab. Hopefully if they all follow through then the stories are wrong about Scott’s involvement, and he’s just been waiting for a framework to be built for these stories so he can sit down and put in what he’s trying to say…

  7. Yeah, hope this happens.

  8. I’m In love with these movies. I could’nt be more excited than I allready am to see this awesome movie. I hope its good though…because movies now day really Suck!! :P Look what happened to the harry potter franchise C: