Well, now that makes sense. It looks like Natalie Portman gave up a lead role in a space movie for the lead role in a better space movie (or at least a more high profile space movie). After having turned down Gravity, it seems Natalie Portman is the front runner to star in Ridley Scott’s untitled Alien prequel.
Word is out that Damon Lindelof has completed his script and Fox is thrilled with the story that takes place around 35 years prior to Alien events and aims to recapture the original’s horror-suspense feel (as opposed to the action-heavy sequels). The new film also promises to identify the Space Jockey and explore its backstory. Lindelof’s script is reportedly a hit with studio executives because it doesn’t contain big action sequences (read: expensive) and could likely attain a PG-13 rating.
If for some reason - and I can’t imagine turning down such a part - Portman declines the role of a Marine general, Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) is reportedly next in line.
While I’d probably rather an unknown actress lead us back to Alien territory, I don’t really have a problem with Natalie Portman either. She’s still got some chameleon ability and hasn’t veered into that over-the-top star thing where I can’t see her as a character. Despite feeling nervous about Lindelof writing the script, unless the thing gets horrible early reviews there is little that would keep me away. What say you, Pajibans? Will you be drawn to this regardless of the lead or are you attracted to or repulsed by the idea of General Portman?