Over the past year we’ve been wondering when Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox would finally announce the lead for his Alien prequel Prometheus. Well, the wait is finally over! The director and the studio have confirmed that Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) has landed the lead in the film, which is loosely based on the Alien mythology.

What started off as a straight prequel evolved into something more according to Scott, who came up with the idea for Prometheus. He and Damon Lindelof eventually transformed his first premise into something “more original.” The story will go into a different direction, but will still contain some Alien elements that will be familiar to fans. No plot details have been revealed as of yet but Scott did have this to say about his latest venture:

“While Alien was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn’t be more pleased to have found the singular tale I’d been searching for, and finally return to this genre that’s so close to my heart.”

After months of casting rumors, Rapace will star as the lead character Elizabeth Shaw. She’s currently the first and only person signed on for the film. Fox is on the look out to fill the rest of the roles, specifically the other female lead (Vickers), which Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron are reportedly circling.

We’re relieved that they’re going in this direction. A prequel would have been a heavy burden to carry and we’re not sure if they would have been able to pull it off. There’s nothing wrong with little hints of Alien here and there, but another sequel, prequel, or spin-off would have been overkill. Smart move.

Prometheus is scheduled to hit theaters on March 9th, 2012.

What do you think of the Rapace as the star of the new film? Is she the right choice?

Source: Deadline