Mission Impossible star up for Alien: Paradise Lost

Hot off a scene-stealing turn in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Rebecca Ferguson might be headed to the outer reaches of deep space, with Deadline reporting she's "in the mix" for Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel, Alien: Paradise Lost.

Ferguson's involvement is apparently in the very early stages. She's yet to meet with the studio or Scott - not a surprise, given both parties only recently received scripts. The early draft, according to Deadline, is "very strong" and contains a "peach of a major female role." Aliens getting their asses kicked by women is the franchise's main M.O.

Should she make it through the early stages, Ferguson will saddle up alongside Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender, both set to reprise their roles as Elizabeth Shaw and android David. Their journey, as revealed by Scott thus far, will take them to the Engineers' planet, where they discover the truth behind the xenomorphs.

Scott insists that Alien: Paradise Lost is gearing up for a March 2016 shoot either in Toronto or Sydney, but this new report implies it's been pushed back to the second half of the year. If that's the case he'd better get a move on to make that May 30, 2017 release date.