Last we /alien-prequel-stalled-over-budget-and-rating-disagreement/heard, 20th Century Fox and director Ridley Scott were having trouble seeing eye to eye on the upcoming Untitled Alien Prequel. Scott is reportedly seeking a $250 million budget and a hard-R rating. The studio doesn't want to give that much money to something that isn't rated PG-13. Now, the project is at a standstill, and it's not clear who will back down first. But that hasn't stopped Ridley Scott from seeking out a female lead for his movie.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps star Carey Mulligan has met with the director, and so has Tamara Drewe's Gemma Arterton. But according to Deadline, Ridley Scott is most interested in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actress Noomi Rapace. The site claims that she has had more than one meeting with Ridley Scott, and that she has left a very strong impression on the director.

Noomi Rapace recently signed onto play a Gypsy in next Christmas' Sherlock Holmes 2. With the Untitled Alien Prequel on indefinite hold and that sequel shooting before the end of the year, its quite possible that Rapace will be able to take on both roles.

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Deadline reports that meetings with potential cast members are ongoing , and that no decisions have been made at this current time.

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