Will Charlize Theron kick Alien butt in Ridley Scott's prequel?

Guess which Oscar-winning female star has backed out of a role in Clint Eastwood's new movie—and may now possibly star in the Alien prequel?

According to Vulture, Charlize Theron has dropped out of Eastwood's upcoming biopic of J. Edgar Hoover, which might just leave her schedule open to star in Ridley Scott's highly anticipated prequel to his original 1979 film Alien. Actually, it seems that Theron's agents had said she would do the Hoover film before she actually agreed to it. Although that left her in the position of having to apologize to Dirty Harry, it also left a large space in her calendar—which 20th Century Fox is eager to fill.

Scott, for his part, is apparently determined to have Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (the Swedish-language The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes 2) play the female lead, Elizabeth Shaw, in the Alien prequel. However, there is another female character named Vickers, described as a "fortysomething, tough-but-sexy crewmember," which he wanted to give to Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies).

But with the budget for Alien said to be skyrocketing, Fox wants a better-known name in there. That's where Theron might come in. Fox is reportedly having the role of Vickers rewritten to make it bigger and more appealing to the actress, who will get the new script this week and decide whether she wants to do it soon after.

There's been a slew of Alien rumors in recent months, with a number of them debunked, and Vulture has published its fair share of them. So for now we'll treat this as a rumor, too. But do you think it would be cool to see Charlize Theron kick some butt in the Alien prequel?

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