EXCLUSIVE: Nothing’s been set in stone, and he hasn’t been sent the script yet, but I’m told Fassbender is back in contention to star opposite Noomi Rapace. Fox first approached Fassbender back in November. Depending on who you talk to, Fox made a “risible” offer, which Fassbender’s reps countered with an “outrageous” fee demand. Then everything went quiet. Now serious discussions with Fassbender agent CAA are going on again. Rapace is the first actor signed to star (as “Elizabeth Shaw”). Deadline hears that Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron are both circling the other big female lead (“Vickers”). Ridley Scott is due to start filming Prometheus in March at Pinewood Studios outside London. Scott has teased that although Prometheus will not be a direct prequel to the 1979 sci-fi horror classic, “the keen fan will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA”.