Noomi Rapace Circling Lead Role in 3D ‘Alien’ Prequels

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:56 pm,

The search is on for the female lead in Ridley Scott’s two Alien prequels, a role which is essentially the new Ripley. We recently reported that Clash of the Titans star Gemma Arterton had met with Scott about starring in the lead role, however that rumor was swiftly debunked.

Deadline now reports that Scott has had several meetings with various different actresses, including the likes of Carey Mulligan (last seen in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and Abby Cornish (star of Scott’s A Good Year). But the name that’s been thrown around a lot is the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi Rapace.

Rapace reportedly met with Scott before she signed on to play the female lead in Sherlock Holmes 2 opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law (this meeting was likely part of a series of meetings Rapace had with several big Hollywood names). Rapace apparently left a very strong impression and by the looks of things if anyone is the frontrunner for the Alien role, it’s her.

Of course that’s just pure speculation at this point since – much like David Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake and Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi film Gravity – this is a much sought after female role. However, Rapace clearly has the talent and the presence to pull off a role of this type (just look at her performance in the Millennium Trilogy films) and she’s making a big impression in Hollywood right now, so it’d be pretty smart for Scott to snag her for Alien before she starts popping up in other roles.

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Noomi Rapace in ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

No concrete decisions have been made by Scott as meetings are still ongoing at this point. But whether it’s Rapace or any of the other aforementioned actresses that ends up in the lead role of these Alien films, it’ll be interesting to see how Scott ties everything in to what we already know from the established Alien story, while still keeping the prequels as proper standalone movies in their own right.

While we wait to hear if Rapace is the chosen one, you can catch her in the concluding part of the Millennium Trilogy films when The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest hits theaters on October 29th, 2010 (check out the trailer if you missed it).

Source: Deadline

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  1. yeah, these arent going to get made.
    Fox want a PG-13 cheap blockbuster, Ridley Scott wants to make a balls to the wall R rated 250 million dollor duology.
    They are at odds, rumour has Scott will walk if Fox dont give in to his large budget, and Fox are never going to do that because they want a suitable return on their money.

  2. Agreed. This will go the route of the Justice League/George Miller movie.

  3. That’s a shame. I could see Noomi playing an action heroine.

  4. Its only half hearted attempts that fail like a pg-13??? Aliens movie, really?

    • It was on either AICN or IMDB, can’t remember which, then I saw it on a few other sites sometime last week. To be honest it could easily just be conjecture but the story certainly sounds very plausible considering the parties involved.

      • We did see that story floating around but we also heard it was false that Scott and the studio were at odds and all the discussions were just “business as usual.”

  5. P.S. Noomi is astounding in Hornet’s Nest. The Millenium Trilogy is just fantastic cinema.

  6. I hate the very thought of a prequel to ‘Alien’, but I love Rapace as an actress. I’d see them just for her.

    • Unfortunately it seems to be true.

      And the only way I was going to be interested in this project was if Ridley Scott delivered a high budget, scary as hell, gory R rated Alien film.
      And that isnt going to be what we get folks, the studio always wins, epsecially if its FOX.

    • I could see him asking for $250 million (in total)for both movies.$125 mil. is the right price for a summer blockbuster.

  7. What some seem to be forgettin is the fact that his REALLY shooting THREE ( 3 ) films the two prequels and a remake to the original Alien while ill’ed sey the first film will rank up quite a lot at the box office so its a for sure bet that’ll happen .

  8. Shooting them at the same time, the budget doesn’t have to be HUGE.
    3D seemed to work for Avatar… If Scott really wants this done, he’ll get it done.

    • we don`t need more 3-D movies.