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Casting Watch: Portman vs. Rapace for Scott's Alien Prequel, The Raven Replaces Renner with Evans

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 13, 2010 at 8:02AM

Twentieth Century Fox is happy with Damon Lindelof's (Lost co-creator) screenplay for Ridley Scott's Alien prequel, and Vulture has a few tidbits to share.
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Twentieth Century Fox is happy with Damon Lindelof's (Lost co-creator) screenplay for Ridley Scott's Alien prequel, and Vulture has a few tidbits to share.

One "insider" puts the budget between $150-$160 million, noting minimal set and special effects requirements and maximum plot creativity instead. Several actresses have met with Scott to talk about playing a planet colony military leader. Two are going to be duking it out for the role: Natalie Portman and Noomi Rapace. And while many consider this an Alien reboot, one Vulture source insists that "this [film] returns the franchise to its root"--meaning a suspenseful horror, not an action film--and should be considered the director's second Alien film, free of Predator creatures but, according to Scott, thoroughly "tough" and "really nasty." Both Portman and Rapace could pull this off, and it's no surprise that they are top choices for Scott or Fox. Vote for which one you'd like to see after the jump.

Another upcoming suspense pic is James McTeigue's movie based on Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven. Star John Cusack, playing Poe, will be joined by Luke Evans (Tamara Drewe) and Alice Eve (She's Out of My League). Evans will play the detective friend to Poe, a role previously occupied by Jeremy Renner before he landed himself in Mission: Impossible 4. Eve plays Poe's fiance, who is kidnapped by a murderer inspired by Poe's own stories. The Raven starts shooting in Budapest and Serbia (in the role of Baltimore circa 1849) on October 25.

Portman vs. Rapace:

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This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Daily Read, Ridley Scott, Thriller, Sci-fi, Sequel, Horror , Action, Natalie Portman, Noomi Rapace


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.