You can forget about Charlize Theron joining Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's Hoover biopic, 'J. Edgar.' As it turns out, her reps got ahead of themselves when talking to the director's people about her playing Hoover's personal secretary Helen Gandy. The actress had to set the record straight, turn down the role and smooth things over with Eastwood.

Though she doesn't want to get involved with the inner workings of the F.B.I. and the controversial life of its notorious first director, she is entertaining the notions of hitting space and facing some gnarly aliens. According to new reports, Twentieth Century Fox wants her to lead Ridley Scott's 'Alien' prequel, 'Paradise.'

Vulture reports that since Theron's schedule has been cleared, the folks at Twentieth Century Fox are eager for her to lead 'Paradise' as Elizabeth Shaw. This news might surprise you seeing that most reports have zeroed in on Noomi Rapace -- star of the original, Swedish 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.'

As it turns out, the studio isn't sold on Rapace's star power. Though her spotlight has been increasing astronomically over the last year, Fox's executives are worried with Scott's casting decisions and the roster's lack of big star-power. See, Scott wants Rapace front and center, Michael Fassbender as an android crewman and a much more multi-cultural space crew led by Michelle Yeoh as Vickers.

They must be unphased by the growing belief that star power is dead, and the poor showing of Theron's last sci-fi flick, 'Aeon Flux,' which didn't even make its production budget back with its worldwide gross. Not to mention the fact that the original 'Alien' became an icon due to the rise of one woman who -- in two years -- went from a random date for Alvy in 'Annie Hall' to arguably the most famous woman in cinematic science fiction, Sigourney Weaver.

Is Theron's star power just the thing Scott's pricey CG fest needs? Or should Fox sit back and trust Scott and the international talents of Rapace, Fassbender and Yeoh?
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