Since her role as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Noomi Rapace has been in demand, and recently signed up to play the female lead in Sherlock Holmes 2 with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Now the actress is apparently a contender to play the lead in Ridley Scott’s Alien prequels.
I’m told that the studio and Scott have had general meetings with a number of actresses. I’ve heard that list includes the studio’s Wall Street 2 star Carey Mulligan, but another intriguing possibility I’ve heard more than once today is that Noomi Rapace also met and left a strong impression. The actress met Scott and Fox before she signed on to star in the Sherlock Holmes sequel. I’m told that meetings are ongoing with cast and no decisions have been made, but I could see Rapace taking a Ripley-esque turn in space.
Rapace kicked ass in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and i’m sure she will be able to kick some Alien ass in space for Ridley Scott. Clash of the Titans actress Gemma Arterton revealed last month that Scott wanted to meet her regarding the role, so it looks as though 20th Century Fox and the director are meeting with a bunch of actresses who are ‘hot’ at the moment.
In Ridley Scott’s original Alien, the cast came across the remains of a giant being with a hole in its chest. These giants had come into contact with the xenomorphs beforehand, and fallen victim to their chest-bursting tendencies. The prequel will tell the story of these “Space Jockeys,” and their encounter with the aliens.