Another day, another nerd movie casting rumor. What’s the scoop today? There is a ruckus in regards to the female lead role in Ridley Scott‘s ‘Alien’ prequel. See about a month back Deadline reported that Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) was a possible choice for a the supposed new lead heroine for the 3D Alien prequel. Now Deadline is claiming that not only is she being considered, she is top choice for the role by the director and producers.
20th Century Fox and director Ridley Scott have just about completed meetings with actresses to find the Ripley-like heroine for the 3D Alien prequel. I’m told that, so far, Scott’s favorite is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace.
OK, the girls HAWT and she can act. That’s great, but why is the net flippin their shit over this? Sigh, I guess when you think ‘Alien’ you think of it not only as thrilling Sci-Fi, but you think of female empowerment. The character of Ellen Ripley, from the originals is female bad-ass personified. The character is iconic. There is a natural association that with an Alien movie your going to get a butt-kicking babe. People assume this will be facet in the prequel and thus are infatuated on who the “It” girl is going to be. Well, with loose and un-confirmed details surrounding the project it’s a bit premature to be pegging girls as the new Ripley (Note: Ripley will, or at-least as far as I know NOT appear in the film. I’m referring a new Ripley type character). Rapace may in fact be in talks for a female lead, but at this time we don’t know to what capacity her supposed role will play in the movie.
Recently rumored ‘Alien’ plot details leaked on the interwebs. While, the film seems to center more on the history of the aliens and the Space Jockeys who created them it has been said a number of human characters will flesh out the story. In addition to two male characters, who are apparently forced to have gay sex with each other there will be two female characters, consisting of a black female named Oliver, similar to Vasquez from “Aliens.” And another female crew member named Truks. Could Noomi be up for one of these two parts? Time will tell, I guess.
Deadline’s list for the actresses also in connection to the role include Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish, Natalie Portman and Olivia Wilde. Natalie Portman was also rumored to be clinching the role a few weeks back. Apparently each person on the list has gone to a meeting with the crew this week. Deadline is also saying Rapace’s English may be a negative factor in whether or not she gets the role.