The official press release distributed by Fox makes reference to five major roles, with scientist Elizabeth Shaw heading things up as the film’s main protagonist. Whether she’ll be as kick-ass as Ripley remains to be seen, but if that’s the direction the character will go in, they’ve cast the perfect woman for the job.
Noomi Rapace has officially signed on for the role, having caught Ridley Scott’s eye with her gritty performances as Lisbeth Salander in the Millenium trilogy. According to the press release, it was her turn as Salander that won the director over, suggesting that Shaw may well have a feisty side to complement her scientific chops.
Meanwhile, there are also rumours circulating that there will be another high-profile addition to the female cast, with both Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie being linked to the supporting role of “Vickers”, described as “a 40-something tough-but-sexy woman”. Initially a minor part, it’s believed that the role is being beefed up in order to accommodate one of the two A-listers.
And whilst the nature of the other three roles has yet to be fully disclosed, what we do know is that Michael Fassbender will play one of them…