According to Deadline, Noomi Rapace – she with the original Dragon Tattoo – is reportedly in the running to join Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel. With actresses such as Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish and Gemma Arterton also touted, it is clear that no decisions have yet been made and talks are still ongoing.

The actress – who has finished filming her last scenes in the Lisbeth Salander role and recently agreed to Robert Downey Jnr. and Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes 2 – is indeed an intriguing contender for the prequel’s Ellen Ripley-esque role.

After purportedly making “a strong impression” on the director, and with shoes like Sigourney Weaver’s left to fill, it may well take a legend to replace the cultural icon that was Weaver’s Ripley.

With the Millenium trilogy behind her and already ripe for remaking, Rapace might just be perfect for The Girl With The Xenomorph Problem.