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Carey Mulligan may star in the upcoming Alien prequel, according to reports.

The British actress shot to fame playing a naive schoolgirl who gets involved with an older man in last year’s hit movie An Education, and her career has been going from strength to strength ever since.

It is now thought the star could play the female lead in Ridley Scott’s impending prequel to his blockbuster 1979 film about extraterrestrial life, which starred Hollywood icon Sigourney Weaver.

Reports on Deadline claim Carey has met with Ridley to discuss the possible role, although nothing has been confirmed yet.

Other actresses also linked to the part include Swedish star Noomi Rapace, who played Lisbeth Salander in the original adaptations of late author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, and Abbie Cornish.

Fans of the original science-fiction horror are eagerly awaiting the prequel, which will take place 30 years before the first Alien film, and will be shot in 3D. Due to its length, the movie will be filmed in two parts.

Whichever actress ends up landing the lead role, it is expected the character will be a very strong female in the tradition of Sigourney’s character Ellen Ripley, who became a celebrated feminist icon.

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