>Alien prequel is christened; Yeoh and Fassbender considered for roles

>Ridley Scott’s 3D Alien prequels (the first titled Paradise) are on track and will begin filming in March 2011, Vulture confirmed.

There have been rumours the films would be pushed back by up to 12 months, and that Scott was in battles with 20th Century Fox over budget and creative license. But those rumours were proven to be just that.

It seems the real delay was caused by a failed effort to secure Leonardo DiCaprio, who will be busy filming Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar Hoover biopic around the same time. Apparently Scott was prepared to delay the production in order to cast DiCaprio for the back-to-back prequels, but the films will move ahead without him.

Paradise is a prequel to the 1979 film Alien, in which a group of space travellers discover a creature that begins picking them off one by one. The original franchise starred Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley and there have already been several casting rumours for the new female lead, Elizabeth Shaw. Carey Mulligan, Noomi Rapace and Gemma Arterton have all been mentioned recently but until the budget is finalised there will be no casting.

Sources say Noomi Rapace, known for playing Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is at the top of Scott’s list. With her role in the upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing a lot more of this impressive young actress.

Vulture also claim that Scott wants to cast Michelle Yeoh as a crew member named Vickers, and also approached Michael Fassbender to play David the android (similar to Lance Henriksen‘s Bishop from Aliens). Fassbender’s people reportedly demanded too much money, so don’t set your hopes on seeing the Inglourious Basterds star in robot mode just yet.

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2 Responses to “>Alien prequel is christened; Yeoh and Fassbender considered for roles”

  1. >I am almost hyperventilating at the prospect of this movie. It had better be extremely good.

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