Natalie Portman. 'Alien.' Need We Say More?

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Hey guys, remember when we told you last week that Noomi Rapace might get the lead role in Ridley Scott's upcoming "Alien" prequel? Well, we've just found out that she's dropped to second place in the race for the part.

But before you shed any tears, we have some good news as well: the new frontrunner is Natalie Portman.

According to New York Magazine, the pint-size beauty, who is currently grabbing serious Oscar buzz for her role in the ballet drama "Black Swan," is now the odds-on favorite to get the part.

And that's not all: "Lost's" Damon Lindelof has just delivered his new version of the script and the studio is apparently pleased as punch, which could mean the currently untitled prequel will be put on the fast track towards a 2012 release.

The script -- which, we might add, doesn't have any Predators anywhere to be seen despite Fox's earnest desire for crossover dollar signs -- tells the story of how that big dead "Space Jockey" guy ended up so big and dead and surrounded by alien pods at the beginning of "Alien."

Portman, of course, is no stranger to either gritty, head-shaved action ("V for Vendetta") or giant sci-fi space action ("Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Ner... er, Sith") and with her established fanboy following, there's no question she has both the chops and the cred to kick major ass in the part.

So what do you think? Do you prefer Portman in the role? Or did Rapace's blistering turn as Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" win you over? Frankly, this is the kind of casting dilemma we love, because there doesn't seem to be any wrong choice.

Now, if they could only figure out some way to cast both of them in the movie...