Ridley Scott’s last update on his Prometheus follow-up Alien: Covenant contained the surprising intel that, while Noomi Rapace is set to show up again as plucky scientist Elizabeth Shaw, she’ll only get a “minor part” this time, rather than the starring role. That’s now backed up by the news that Katherine Waterston has been cast in what sounds like the lead. Rebecca Ferguson had previously been linked to the character – possibly named “Daniels” – but Waterston is now locked in. She’ll also be in next year’s Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, and this year appeared with Joaquin Pheonix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and with Michael Fassbender in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs. Fassbender will reprise his android David in Covenant. Scott has also recently confirmed that, following the curveball of Prometheus, Convenant will be a full-on Alien movie. “There was always this discussion:” he says. “Is Alien, the character, the beast, played out or not?” Apparently not, since this time “Weâ€™ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.” Alien: Covenant is set to start shooting in March next year for a 2017 release.
On December 1st, Noomi Rapace has attended Nyhetsmorgon as a spokesperson for ECPAT. The appearance was in coincidende with ECPAT’s latest public service announcement, narrated by Noomi herself. Both the PSA and the Nyhetsmorgon appearance can be watched in the video archive. Screencaptures can be found in the photo gallery.
Here’s a bummer for everyone who was expecting Noomi to headline the Prometheus sequel “Alien: Covenant”. These last days, one of the big concerns was coming about was the lack of word on Rapaceâ€™s character Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and whether or not weâ€™d be seeing her return. After all, Prometheus ended with Shaw taking Davidâ€™s (Michael Fassbender) head onto a ship where they began their travels to try and find the Engineerâ€™s home planet. However, talking with Screen Daily, director Ridley Scott confirmed that Rapace would return, although only for a â€śâ€¦minor partâ€ś. Scott plans on making this new Alien film the first in a brand new trilogy, one that will eventually, â€śâ€¦drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979.â€ť Alien: Covenant is expected to hit theaters on October 6th, 2017.
Noomi is back from Romania, wrapping “What Happened to Monday?” and has returned to London for the 2015 British Fashion Awards. Pictures from the reception, arrivals, press room and party have been added to the photo gallery. This is her first public appearance since May, so welcome back, Noomi!
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2015 – British Fashion Awards – After-Party
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2015 – British Fashion Awards – Press Room
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2015 – British Fashion Awards – Arrivals
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2015 – British Fashion Awards – Reception
According to Screen Daily, a biopic on the late Amy Winehouse is in the works, and Noomi Rapace is looking likely to play Winehouse. August Rush director Kirsten Sheridan is looking to stick with music for what is currently known simply as Amy Winehouse, which she has written for Subotica Films and which is now out looking for financing and distribution deals. Also in negotiation? Those all-important music rights, which can make or break a biopic like this. Thereâ€™s a chance that could be a tough hurdle as Winehouseâ€™s father is also reportedly trying to get his own film about his daughter made. Rapace is at work on sci-fi thriller What Happened To Monday? and will be back in the Prometheus world for Ridley Scottâ€™s Alien: Paradise Lost, which starts shooting early next year. In music biopic terms, sheâ€™s also attached to play Maria Callas in Niki Caroâ€™s Callas.
Great news, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Paramount Pictures has picked up distribution rights to Michael Mannâ€™s long-in-the-works Ferrari project, titled Enzo Ferrari. At the same time, Noomi Rapace is in talks to star opposite Christian Bale, who will play Enzo Ferrari, the Italian auto mogul. The long-gestating project finally got traction when it secured funding from Vendian and YooZoo Bliss Film Fund. YooZoo will distribute the movie in China, while Vincent Maravalâ€™s Insiders will begin selling territories at AFM. The project adapts the 1991 book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races, the Machine, written by Brock Yates. The book recounted Ferrariâ€™s ascent â€” working for Alfa Romeo, first as a racer and then as a developer, founding his own company in 1947, racing victories in the ’50s and ’60s, letting Fiat slowly take control of the company. But it also showed Ferrari’s tyrannical and manipulative nature, how he pushed drivers to the breaking point (and even death), his hatred of his lifelong marriage and his many affairs. If a deal is made, Rapace would play Ferrariâ€™s wife, Laura Dominica. The project is eyeing an $80 million budget, although Mann has a tendency to skid his numbers higher when actual shooting starts.
I’ve finally gotten my hands on the Blu-Ray of “Child 44” (available everywhere by now) and have added over 1.000 high quality screencaptures to the photo gallery. The film is not as bad as the critical consensus has sounded, but if you have read the book you wonder why much of its potential has been wasted. Please be aware that the screencaptures contain major spoilers.