Gemma Arterton Circling ‘Alien’ Prequels & Nolan’s ‘Keys to the Street’ [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 12th, 2013 at 9:55 am,

[Update: Arterton is reportedly NOT attached to the Alien prequels.]

English actress Gemma Arterton is set to star in The Keys to the Street – a book-to-film adaptation scripted by Christopher Nolan – and is being considered for a role in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien prequels.

Arterton played the role of damsel in distress/love interest to Sam Worthington and Jake Gyllenhaal in Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, respectively.  Neither of those two roles or Arteron’s turn as Strawberry Fields (yes, that was the character’s name) in the last James Bond movie earned her much in the way of critical accolades.

The young thespian was well-regarded for her role in the crime drama The Disappearance of Alice Creed – her turn in that particular feature also left a positive impression on Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott.  Arteron revealed recently to The Sunday Times that she has been approached by Scott to appear in the two 3D prequels to his 1979 sci-fi/horror classic, Alien.

While Arteron is already set to appear in several films in the near future – including a sequel to the Titans remake – a role in the new Alien pics could help the actress establish herself as more than just eye candy in Hollywood blockbusters.  If nothing else, at least Arteron would not have to play another princess with little to do in the sci-fi prequels.

Update: Sorry, but MTV put in a call to Arterton’s publicist, who stated, “There’s not truth” to the rumor that the actress is meeting with Ridley Scott over Alien. But considering her talent, maybe that’s a meeting which needs to be set?

Arterton in 'Clash of the Titans'

Another upcoming feature to which Arterton is attached to is an adaptation of the novel The Keys to the Street by Ruth Rendell.  The thriller – which revolves around a bone marrow donor who enters a relationship with the mysterious man whose life she saved – was scripted by Christopher Nolan after his debut film, Following was released in 1998.

Nolan has of course gone on to significantly bigger projects since and the Keys to the Street script has undergone revisions following his departure – Arterton’s praise for the screenplay in its current form and her choice to sign on for the project is an indicator that Nolan’s original work may be used after all.

We will keep you posted on future developments concerning The Keys to the Street and the Alien prequels.

Source: The Sunday Times (via Digital Spy and The Playlist)

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  1. 3D Alien prequels?, say it isnt so Ridley!!

  2. They could cast Liam Neeson in these films, and I still wouldn’t watch them ruin the creature. Scott already mentioned that it’ll be yet another “Bio-weapon gone wrong” (yawn) story.

  3. The plot to “the keys to the street” sound similar if not nearly identical to that of “21 grams”.

    P.S: Gemma Arterton is awesome…

  4. She really wasn’t a damsel in distress in clash of the titans i would say. But i’m excited for the alien 3D preqeuls and anything Nolan does.

  5. She was the only decent thing in the snooze fest that was QOS.

    I met her once, she’s lovely.

    • you lucky dog sam!

  6. Neither film sounds all that great. I love both Ridley and Nolan, but I never liked the Alien films and this Keys movie just sounds boring if not similar to 9 Pounds with Will Smith which I liked.

    • Trying to understand how you don’t like Alien!! Oh man, that movie is one of the all-time great sci-fi/horror films!

      I am NOT in favor of the prequels being in 3-D. Unfortunately it seems that most of the big movies now are going to be released in 3-D.

      • and that sucks lol, its a damn shame

      • I don’t care if the film will be in 3-D or not (I’ll just watch in 2-D). I just don’t like the idea of prequels. They always have continuity issues, and ruin the backstory of a great character (Darth Vader).

  7. I doubt they will ever use ripley at all. This is ridley scott were talking about not george lucas.

    • Scott already mentioned the films will take place 30 years before the original, so no Ripley. But what I’m talking about is the creature itself. The mystery of where it came from is one of the greatest aspects of it, and like I said above, Scott is gonna turn it into a “Bio-weapon gone wrong”-type creature.

      • It might go south depending on who’s penning the script, but, it all just depends. They were already talking bio-weapons in aliens. I also read most of the dark horse comic series that touched on that so it wouldn’t ruin it for me.

        • I never read any of the comics. Well, I did read one issue of AVP comic, but that’s only b/c it came w/ the DVD (Yes, I bought that film.).

          • I own avp too. But mine didn’t come with a comic! I used to read the avp comics but they came out with so many series i couldn’t keep up. There was even a one time shot alien vs predator vs teminator.

            • Did you buy the Unrated Edition? That’s the one I bought, and it came with a comic, but I only read once. Never picked it up again after that. I’m not much of a fan of reading comics. I read Bleach manga, and that’s it.

  8. Andy I’m not a fan of horror in general there are maybe 9 horror films at the most that I like and they tend to be more about the mind. I usually prefer it be aperson killing. Horror films are made simply to scare you very very few make you think and even less have good acting. So all that’s left is it has to scare you and aliens , zombies or ghosts do not make me afraid so in general for me horror films are pointless. Not one moment in Aliens made me think and not one moment made me job. The acting was mostly decent but some let downs did exist.

    I do consider Scott a brilliant director though.

  9. Daniel f
    aliens is not horror. Alien was horror/thriller. Aliens was action/terror. I fail to see how you couldn’t like either at all as well. But to each his own.

    • I think ‘Alien’ was scary at the time it came out (not sure I wasn’t alive then). But the film now isn’t scary at all. That’s not to say I don’t think it’s great, b/c I do. It’s just not scary.

      Well, the time when Dallas is hunting the alien gets very suspenful, and it kind of creeps me out.

      • Yeah, its not that scary anymore but still an awsome movie. There is a lot of underlying tone in that movie as well. Same with aliens and the assembly cut of alien 3 (wich is the only version to watch), alien resurrection, good for a watch…once.

        • Alien and Aliens are both great. Alien 3 is watchable. Ressurrection is a good reason as to why someone needs to invent a real life Nearalizer from Men In Black.

  10. As far as I’m concerned Horror and Terror are pretty much the same.

    I don’t like straight forward no substance films I hate most horror and Terror. I like to think during a film and nothing about it makes you think or challenges you in any way. Also while most of the acting was pretty decent some was unimpressive.

    Sorrry you don’t understand me not liking it. It’s pretty simple and I explained why I don’t. If you still don’t understand that’s your.

    • Actually daniel horror would be the bi-product of terror. You wouldn’t call a guy with a bomb strapped to himself a horrorist would ya? And there is lots of thinking in those movies. The way we treat women in our society (the not listening to ripley), the marines going in with great technology and little knowledge of the enemy (vietnam), the contrast between the marines prestine clean ship vs the organic dark alien nest. I’m not trying to sway you, but to assume there is no thought in these movies is just kinda ignorant.

  11. Assuming implies I have not seen them. I’m making no assumption I saw the first two to me there was no thought required no substance beneath the surface. It’s not an assumption it’s what I took from the movie. If I’m assuming there is nothing and it’s ignorant than your assuming there is more to it and perhapse it’s ignorant as well. Neither is an assumtion but based on your standards the sane logic can be applied to you. You took more from the film than I did good for you no big. Perhapse you should continue enjoying those films and move on. I’ve seen the movies I formed my opinions you telling me I’m wrong in 13 different comments isn’t gonna suddenly change my mind.

    I won’t say anything about the third or fourth film didn’t see then because I didn’t like the first two. Maybe they were works of art maybe not I have no opinion on them. The first two however I have seen and didn’t like. The end.

    • Hey daniel what part of “i’m not trying to sway you” or to “each his own” did you not understand. I’m not trying to convince you to like them. All i ways pointing out was that they contained sustinense. I could care less if you like them.

  12. I don’t know about Spaceballs not one of my faves but Mel Brooks should really make another film. I enjoyed The Producers but we can’t let that be his last movie it was funny and ok but it wasn’t Mel Brooks at his best.

    • i loved Spacebals, Brooks is a comedic legend and genius.

      • I’d love to see Mel do a proper spoofing of all these vampire flicks, a’la Young Frankenstein. I’d bet he’d do a much better job than the pathetic “Vampires Suck” that just came out (no I didn’t see it, but the previews looked REALLY bad.)

        Mel has made possibly 3 of my all-time favorite comedies: Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. The Producers, not so much.

        • thats ONE subject he has yet to spoof LOL

  13. Brokks Directed Dracula:Dead and Loving it in 1995.
    He played Van Helsing.
    Leslie Nielsen played Dracula.
    as For Spaceballs ,
    There was an animated series back in 2007-08.
    It didnt last long.
    Brooks voiced The President.

    • ohh yea thats right!!

  14. opps!
    I ,meant Brooks obviously!
    Darn typos!
    at least I got it right the second time.
    I suppose Brooks could still do a spoof of the Twilight/True Blood model of Vampires, its ripe for parody.

  15. Spaceballs might be my most loathed film of all time.

  16. Spaceballs made me Laugh, thats all I can say.