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If Lord Lucan reappeared to direct a film about the Wombles, it'd struggle to match Ridley Scott's Prometheus for secrecy. While the web melts down under the weight of speculation about the movie's mythology and storyline, we think Scott may have threatened to run over any cast member who spills the beans with one of his brother's trains.  

Thanks, then, to Noomi Rapace for sharing a few titbits on her character, scientist Elizabeth Shaw, when we caught up with her at the Jameson Empire Awards. "She’s not that damaged which for me is kind of nice," laughed the one-time Lisbeth Salander, now a week into filming at Pinewood. "She has an inner strength that is quite beautiful and a pureness too. She’s very obsessed with finding out something." 

Rapace wouldn't elaborate on what exactly that thing is but it could answer to the name 'voracious xenomorph'. So will Prometheus mirror the psychological horror of Alien? “Yes, kind of," says Rapace. "What I like so much about the Alien movies is that they’re out there in space and it’s weird, but [the characters] are very human and very down to earth. That’s what [Ridley] created and that’s who he is, and I think we’ll probably see that again on this one."

Post-Dragon Tattoo, The Swedish actress is in serious demand but one project that hangs in the balance is David Slade's vampire flick The Last Voyage Of Demeter, with a possible scheduling clash in the offing. "I do hope [I can do it] but I don't know," says Rapace, "I’m occupied until late July or August."

Rapace, a convert to the joys of London since moving to the city in September to prep for Prometheus, is still weighing her option for when the sci-fi wraps later this year. "For the moment I don’t want to decide what to do next," she explains, "I think I’d like to do something quite small."


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