Gemma Arterton, of Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia fame, may very well be the heroine of Ridley Scott's upcoming Alien prequel(s). That is, if her meeting with Scott goes well.
Chalk it up to an actress talking a wee bit too early: Arterton told the press that she is meeting Mr. Scott to discuss her possibly starring in the film after he was impressed by her work in The Disappearance of Alice Creed. No word on whether or not this premature announcement will blow her shot of landing a role that could make her career explode. After all, look at Sigourney Weaver post-Alien...if Ellen Ripley wasn't a star-making turn, I don't know what is.
This is on the heels of Scott himself calling the upcoming film, which will deal with the mysterious space jockey seen in the first film and the creation of the alien itself, "really nasty," which hopefully translates as "Lots of aliens ripping their way through human torsos in the most R-rated of fashions."
I have not seen her most recent film, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, but I'm pretty fond of Arteron, even if she's quickly being typecast as "Romantic Interest/Exposition Deliverer" in Hollywood adventure epics. I'm sure part of that has to do with her being fairly easy on the eyes, but I'm sure it also has to do with her work in Quantum of Solace, where she demonstrated a charisma that I don't think many other filmmakers directing her have managed to latch onto just yet.
So if Scott wants to toss Ms. Arterton into his Alien prequel so she can be clawed at, burnt by acid and possibly chestbursted, I say "Go forth and cast her, sir!"
What else does Scott have to say about his vision?
"The film will be really tough, really nasty. It's the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?"
Also, just in case you were wondering, Scott did see James Cameron's Avatar:
"Jim's raised the bar and I've got to jump to it...He's not going to get away with it."
Which hopefully translates as "I've got to make me a darn good motion picture" and not "I've got to be bigger and louder and flashier and 3D-ier than Avatar!" Alien works because its intimate, quiet, elegant and filled with a sense of overwhelming doom. Don't mess with what works, Ridley!