Noomi Rapace May Become The Girl in the 'Alien' Prequel

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Oh boy, you guys. We sift through a lot of casting rumors here and you know, so many of them are just headdesk moments. But every so often Hollywood gets something so perfectly right that it restores our faith in humanity.

And today may be one of those moments, as Noomi Rapace is reportedly in the running to star in Ridley Scott's upcoming "Alien" prequel.

We say may be because according to Deadline, no decision has yet been reached; also rumored to be up for the role are Carey Mulligan (fresh off of "Wall Street 2") and Abbie Cornish (who previously worked with Scott on "A Good Year").As much as we love Mulligan, though, we're beside ourselves with glee at the thought of Rapace stepping into Sigourney Weaver's shoes.

Not that she'd actually be playing Ellen Ripley, of course; the prequel is reportedly set 30 years before the events of "Alien" and will explore the origin of the mummified "Space Jockey" alien that Ripley's crew finds at the beginning of that movie to kick off all the stomach-exploding events that follow.

Still, Scott has a history of directing iconic action performances from female leads and for our money, Rapace has unparalleled ass-kicking chops as she proved in the smash hit Swedish adaptations of Steig Larsson's wildly popular thriller "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequels.

So will we get to see Lisbeth Salander fighting aliens in space? We're not yet sure, but we do know one thing: this time, Hollywood seems to be getting it right. That's good enough for now.