Rapace, lest we forget, played Dr Elizabeth Shaw in the Alien (1979) prequel Prometheus (2012), and as the only human survivor of that film, most assumed that she would return for the sequel, which was later given a more franchise friendly title of Alien: Covenant.
But then Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) was cast as the lead, and it seemed as though the story had evolved beyond the concerns of Shaw. Michael Fassbender, meanwhile, had always been on board as the android David.
According to Deadline's report, Rapace joined the production in Australia to shoot a week's worth of scenes, which suggests it will be more of a bit part or cameo. It is certainly an interesting move, though, suggesting that perhaps the character could be resurrected to lead status in one of those sequels Ridley Scott keeps talking about.
With the likes of Billy Crudup (Watchmen), Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) and Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight) joining Waterston and Rapace, Alien: Covenant is due to arrive summer 2017.