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Noomi Rapace will not be back for Prometheus sequel says Ridley Scott

January 30th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments


Prometheus had some xenomorphic-sized holes in it, yes, but it was also an exhilarating sci-fi event of a movie with plenty of things to admire. One of those things was a powerful central performance by Noomi Rapace, who played Dr Elizabeth Shaw in the 2012 film, alongside Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce.

However, director Ridley Scott has revealed that she won’t reprise her role for the sequel, Alien: Covenant, which has been hinted at before. When asked whether the Swedish actress would reprise her role, Ridley declared ”no” and added to the Daily Mail newspaper (via Squareeyed): ”We’re still casting the main roles.”

Ridley has revealed that much of the sci-fi film’s structure and plot – another prequel to his 1979 space horror classic ‘Alien’ – is laid out on ”very detailed storyboards”.

The 78-year-old British filmmaker is adamant he can make ‘Covenant’ a big hit because he’s ”always” enjoyed great success at the box office.

Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, the acclaimed director – whose other credits include the Oscar-nominated 2015 hit The Martian and Blade Runner – said: ”You prove how reliable you are. Which I am, I always have been – it’s part of my thing … You want big films and stories to keep people going to the cinema. It’s up to us to keep the bar raised. That’s the trick. I’ve always done that.”

He continued: ”It is brain surgery! It is bloody brain surgery! You’re putting together a whole group of people, you’re trying to budget as accurately as you can and, at the end of it, you’ve got to sell a lot of tickets. That’s more complex than banking – but a few of us manage to pull it off.”

‘Alien: Covenant’ is slated for release in 2017.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.