In an interview with the British paper The Sunday Times (via Digital Spy) for her upcoming Stephen Frears film Tamara Drewe, actress Gemma Arterton told them she will be meeting with Ridley Scott about possibly starring in his planned prequels to his breakout 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien. 

Apparently, Scott was so impressed by Arterton's performance in J. Blakeson's The Disappearance of Alice Creed that he wanted to meet with her for the main female role. Some will remember that Scott's casting of Sigourney Weaver as Ridley in the original Alien pretty much kicked off her career. Who knows when this meeting may happen and if anything will come out of it, but we can't think of a better way for Arterton to show off her bad-ass side then to fight aliens. 

According to the story, Arterton has also been attached to The Keys to the Street, an adaptation of Ruth Rendell's novel that was once eyed by a younger Christopher Nolan, and actor/director Richard E. Grant's British Western In with the Outlaws.

I don't know much more about this casting info, but I would jump to assume Arterton is considered for the female lead, In The disappearance of Alice Creed [where she caught Scott's attention] Arterton played a kidnap victim, yes in similar theme female strength/endurance/ but I picture her more in the corporate Weyland-Yutani role.

Update: Thanks to MTV for putting in a call to Arterton's publicist who insisted this is not true and Arterton is not scheduled to have Prequel talks. Read here: [Cannot say I am disappointed but Its given me a reason to screen Alice Creed

Further information: Arterton stated at the Toronto Film festival that she is actually to meet Ridley Scott but not specifically for Alien Prequel talks.

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