Thompson on Hollywood

- The Alien prequel now known as Ridley Scott's Prometheus is getting an early summer 2012 release: June 8. Scott is working with Damon Lindelof (Cowboys & Aliens, Lost) on revising the original script by Jon Spaihts from Scott's original concept. Much of the plot in unknown, but Scott has confirmed "Alien DNA" will be in the genome of Prometheus. Noomi Rapace will star with Michael Fassbender (sorry, Snow White and the Huntsman, you lost him).

Here's our Fassbender interview; he was also one of our rising stars to watch. He stars opposite Mia Wasikowska in Jane Eyre March 11.

Thompson on Hollywood

Speaking of Snow White and the Huntsman (one of two Snow White projects), the filmmakers have been flirting with a raft of stars, from Fassbender to Tom Hardy to Viggo Mortensen, who should land the male lead alongside Charlize Theron (currently in negotiations).

It seems the title role may go to Twilight sensation (and indie darling - Into the Wild, Welcome to the Rileys, The Runaways) Kristen Stewart. While other actresses tested last weekend, including Sundance discovery Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), Stewart is busy shooting Breaking Dawn, the latest in the Twilight series, and isn't required to test. Universal may have to fight to get her, not the other way around.

Production Watch: Part II is here.

[Photo credits: Theron - First Magazine / Mortensen - Corbus online / Rapace - Sergio Enriquez Nistal]