Natalie Portman is being considered to play the lead in the new Alien prequel.
The Black Swan star has been in talks with the film's producers, who are also considering The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace for the role, film blog Vulture reports.
The script is being written by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and the film will be directed by Ridley Scott, who directed the original.
The Alien prequel will be set 35 years before the original Alien film, which starred Sigourney Weaver as lead character Ripley.
Scott is reportedly vouching for a budget of 150-160 million US dollars.