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Bullet Dodged

By Cindy Davis | Industry | December 9, 2010 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | December 9, 2010 |

I love me some Leo DiCaprio (quiet, Jay), but there is one place this fine actor doesn’t belong: an Alien film. Not that I don’t think he could do a fantastic job; I’m sure he’d put on that super-freaked-out, paranoid expression he wore through most of Shutter Island and half of Inception. He’d make us believe he was scared. He can handle the physicality of a role, he has the chops to pull off any part he might be given — ship doctor, researcher, android, asshole corporate mogul who turns out to have started the whole monster race — but, dude just does not belong there. He would throw everything all out of whack and it would no longer be an Alien film, it would all be overshadowed by his presence. So, I hope you’ll be as happy as me to hear we have dodged that bullet.

There were rumors flying around this week that the prequels had been delayed until 2013 or so. But, New York magazine claims that Ridley Scott wanted DiCaprio and the possibility of holding off was due to Leo’s scheduling conflicts. Things didn’t work out though, so production is set to begin March 2011.

The prequel’s working title is said to be Paradise and like its original Alien predecessor, the film will “follow a group of space travelers who encounter a monstrous alien creature that picks them off, one by one.” In addition to the lead female role (for which Noomi Rapace and Olivia Wilde are vying), Vulture reports there are several parts being cast: an earlier version of Bishop, named David; and Vickers, a hot, tough chick. Names being bandied about for these roles are Michael Fassbender (Jonah Hex, Inglourious Basterds) and Michelle Yeoh (Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Finally, I’m a little alarmed hearing that there will be an engineer portrayed by a CGI enhanced actor, but as long as it’s not too gimmicky and the story is well done, that’s still better than if Leo had come on board.

Is anyone else as relieved as me or do you think DiCaprio should have gotten lost in space?

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