UPDATE: MTV spoke with Ms. Arterton's publicists this afternoon who debunked this casting rumor. They state that there is no truth to the original reports by The Sunday Times.
Gemma Arterton is ready to shoot some extraterrestrials in the forehead.
The actress told the British paper The Sunday Times that she was in discussions with Ridley Scott about starring in the upcoming prequels to his successful 1979 film, Alien. Supposedly, Scott was so impressed with Arterton's talent after seeing her in The Disappearance of Alice Creed that he wanted to meet her in person to talk about the main female role. And that's not too surprising, considering Arterton's character spent the majority of Alice Creed nude and getting physically abused.
Arterton has already had a big 2010, starring in both Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. If she does land the role, her career will no doubt launch quickly, much like Sigourney Weaver's did with the first Alien. And a bonus? Arterton will star in a blockbuster that's actually good. Bazinga!
Source: The Sunday Times (via ComingSoon)