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Noomi Rapace talks comparisons to her character in Prometheus versus Ellen Ripley

Mar. 7, 2011by: Niki Stephens

It's inevitable that Noomi Rapace's character in PROMETHEUS will get compared to ALIEN heroine Ellen Ripley.

How does the character, Elizabeth Shaw, measure up to one of the most memorable female characters in film? Rapace gave some detail on PROMETHEUS and the character comparisons during an interview with MTV Movies Blog:

"I'm jumping into that straight off of ['Sherlock Holmes 2']. My character's name is Elizabeth Shaw, and I'll step into her shoes in March and be her for six months or something. It's quite a long shoot. It's unbelievable. She's definitely her own [character]. She's a scientist and is very bright. She's a believer. I think there are some similarities, but she's very much her own. I don't think people will compare her so much to Ripley once they see the movie." The actress added that the film does have connections to the ALIEN series.

Rapace had only great things to say about director Ridley Scott who chose her first when it came to finding his female lead, "It's a great honor and I'm really excited. I've met him maybe seven or eight times and he's so passionate. He really loves movies. He watches movies every night. He's seen everything. We had a long chat on the phone — he's in LA now — about my character. I have many ideas and he has many ideas, and now we're starting to search and try to find her."

Also, Rafe Spall (HOT FUZZ, SHAUN OF THE DEAD) is the newest member of the cast that so far includes: Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba.

Extra Tidbit: My top two favorite female badasses are Ripley and Sarah Connor. If they get in a fight, who wins?

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9:23AM on 03/08/2011
I really don't know what to think of this movie YET.
But the thing is that it will have one of the same problem than Chainsaw Massacre : The Beginning (It had MANY, I know...) : It's a (kind of) prequel, and we don't hear about the characters in the following movies, therefore : THEY ALL DIE !
I really don't know what to think of this movie YET.
But the thing is that it will have one of the same problem than Chainsaw Massacre : The Beginning (It had MANY, I know...) : It's a (kind of) prequel, and we don't hear about the characters in the following movies, therefore : THEY ALL DIE !
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12:09AM on 03/08/2011
The edge goes to Sara Connor unless we're talking Ripley from Alien Resurrection. If that's the case, Sara gets used like a Kleenex.
The edge goes to Sara Connor unless we're talking Ripley from Alien Resurrection. If that's the case, Sara gets used like a Kleenex.
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10:41PM on 03/07/2011
Hand to hand combat goes to Sarah.
Hand to hand combat goes to Sarah.
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9:32PM on 03/07/2011
I really have my hope for this film mostly because of the cast now. Alien and Aliens are two of my favorite films of all time. I can't stand the films that have come after so I'm really hoping this is the one that brings the series back to its roots.
I really have my hope for this film mostly because of the cast now. Alien and Aliens are two of my favorite films of all time. I can't stand the films that have come after so I'm really hoping this is the one that brings the series back to its roots.
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8:42PM on 03/07/2011

Yes to real actors.

I'm starting to get excited about this in a major way. All we know so far 100% is the cast and I'm so happy/relieved their are no over-hyped bubblegum teen twits.
I'm starting to get excited about this in a major way. All we know so far 100% is the cast and I'm so happy/relieved their are no over-hyped bubblegum teen twits.
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8:19PM on 03/07/2011
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8:16PM on 03/07/2011
I have a really bad feeling about this project, but that may be because I don't really find Rapace anything special. And to answer the extra tidbit...Tie if its Sarah Connor from T1, but Connor from T2 would destroy Ripley.
I have a really bad feeling about this project, but that may be because I don't really find Rapace anything special. And to answer the extra tidbit...Tie if its Sarah Connor from T1, but Connor from T2 would destroy Ripley.
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