Over the weekend a report surfaced regarding Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien prequel. According to Digital Spy, the director has his eye on Gemma Arterton to star as the female lead in the latest installment of the sci-fi series. Does this mean that her character will be a complete rip off of Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley? We’re not sure but we do know that Scott was impressed by Arterton’s performance in The Disappearance of Alice Creed.

After seeing her work in Creed, Scott requested a meeting with Arterton regarding the lead in the next Alien. As you all know his casting of Weaver in the 1979 film kick-started her career and made her one of the few female action stars in Hollywood.

Will this lead to anything big? Who knows, but Arterton is no stranger to major tentpole films. She first caught our attention when she played a Bond Girl in Quantum of Solace, then Clash of the Titans, followed by Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. She’s becoming the go-to-girl for action films. At this point in her career, she’s played the side-piece long enough. It’s her time to shine.

Do you think Arterton has what it takes to play a bad ass alien killer?