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Is Gemma Arterton up for Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequels?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s a good time to be Gemma Arterton (as well as Arterton’s agent).

Though the curvy British actress was relegated to eye candy in “Prince of Persia,” the latest Bond adventure, and a “Clash of the Titans” remake, she showed acting chops in an underseen abduction thriller “The Disappearance of Alice Creed” and looks to be carrying Stephen Frears’ festival comedy, “Tamara Drewe.”

Positive buzz is earning Arterton conversations with major directors for a handful of anticipated titles. The actress told The Sunday Times (via Digital Spy) that she’s meeting with Sir Ridley Scott for the chance to headline the director’s back-to-back “Alien” prequels.

In the same article, Arterton said she’s going to appear in “The Keys To The Street,” an adaptation of a Ruth Rendell novel that was penned by “Inception” director Christopher Nolan; as well as a Richard E. Grant-helmed cowboy film titled “In With The Outlaws.”

We have e-mails out to studio reps to confirm Arterton’s flurry of activity. There’s no doubt she is a hot commodity right now, but just how many of these meetings lead to legitimate jobs has yet to be decided.

What do you think? Has Arterton impressed you in her previous roles? Do you want to see her headlining an “Alien” prequel, or saddling up for a western? Hit our Comments section and let your voice be heard.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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