Actress Noomi Rapace recently spoke to Swedish publication Expressen and gave up some quite interesting details on her character Elizabeth Shaw in Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus. Up to now we have known little more than Elizabeth Shaw is a scientist. Today Rapace revealed that her role as Shaw will be the most physically demanding ever, even comparing it to her breakthrough role as Lisbeth Salander, in Steig Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
"This role will be tougher than Lisbeth Salander, People think Lisbeth Salander was very physical, but there were only a few fighting scenes. I want to transform my body into something like a cat or a lion. One minute they're resting quietly, and then they can suddenly explode into action. I want to feel like whatever happens I'm prepared"
I never expected Elizabeth Shaw to be an A-typical scientist, Rapace's description furthers the visceral action orientated thriller located in the vacuum of cold space that many of the Alien fan-base hope for. Scott has perfectly deconstructed the female heroine, in primordial exploration through the themes invoked in Alien, be it fear of pregnancy, anxieties surrounding the human body and the deep fears and desires that are usually repressed in the subconscious, the horror within given physical manifestation as Scott's "Nightmare" as compared to Cameron's "Xenomorph" and it seems this tradition will carry on. The director first announced way back in May that the lead for the film would be female. Props to alienprequelnews for the quote translation above.