According to Indiewire, it was announced at the Cannes Film Festival that Anthony Mackie will portray rock legend Jimi Hendrix in the film “Jimi”, based on a screenplay by British screenwriter and director Ol Parker who will also direct the project. The film, which has been in development for years, with Mackie always attached as Hendrix under its original title “Crosstown Traffic”, was originally set to be directed by Paul Greengrass. However the project fell apart four years ago when Hendrixâ€™s estate objected to how the famed guitarist was portrayed in the script, which deals with the last nine days of his life. The situation has evidently now been resolved, and the project is set to start shooting soon. Co-starring in the film will be Thandie Newton, who is also Parkerâ€™s real life wife. And talks are currently underway to get Noomi Rapace to play Hendrix’s former Swedish actress girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.
Welcome to the new version of Noomi Rapace Online, featuring a stunning portrait of Noomi, surrounded by one of her memorable on-screen characters. I hope you enjoy the new look as much as I do. The last layout kind of put me off tracks, or maybe it was the fact that there hasn’t been a new film in 1 1/2 years. But there’s news in sight, with both “The Drop” and “Child 44″ to be released in the Autumn and five films in production. So there’s a lot to look forward to. All the site content is still up with the gallery and video archive up to date to the new layout. Enjoy browsing around and make sure to check back soon.
Variety reports that Will Smith and Noomi Rapace have officially signed on to co-star in Brilliance, which is being helmed by Nigerian director Julius Onah. Legendary Pictures is producing the thriller based on the novel from Marcus Sakey’s emerging trilogy. The second book in this series is set to hit stores later this year, and if Brilliance shines at the box office we can assume sequels – for which its stars are likely already contracted – will follow.
In Wyoming, a little girl reads peopleâ€™s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. Theyâ€™re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes inâ€”and betray his own kind.
Smith is set to star as Nick Cooper. At this point, Rapace’s role is unknown. If you’ve read the Brilliance novel, please share your guess at her casting in comments. We first got word of Brilliance back in early 2013, when Legendary Pictures acquired the novel’s movie rights months ahead of its summer release. Shortly thereafter, Legendary set celebrated (and highly paid) screenwriter David Koepp on the task of adapting the novel into a compelling screenplay. For an idea of what Legendary is hoping for, consider Koepp’s filmography, which boasts writing credits on Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Brilliance will go into production this August. In the meantime, keep an eye out for Marcus Sakey’s other adaptation, Good People, which is expected to hit theaters later this year.
Some new bits from Collider. During the press day for 12 Years a Slave, Steve asked Michael Fassbender the status of Prometheus 2, and Fassbender quickly responded, â€śI donâ€™t know.â€ť Today at the junket for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the question came up again, and this time he said the project is a go, although he didnâ€™t know when it would begin filming. When we last reported on the film, it seemed like filming was already given the greenlight, but then another report said that there was no release date, itâ€™s unclear if Ridley Scott would return to direct, and that theyâ€™ve only hired a new writer (Michael Green). Itâ€™s still unclear if Scott wants to get in the directorâ€™s chair again, but Fassbenderâ€™s confirmation is still a step forward in the projectâ€™s development. I, for one, am excited to see the continuing adventures of Davidâ€™s disembodied head. The complete article can be read here.
According to Deadline, Noomi Rapace is in negotiations to join director Mikael Hafstrom in Unlocked, the spy thriller produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Georgina Townsley and Erik Howsam. The Peter Oâ€™Brien-scripted thriller made the Black List, and Rapace would play a female CIA interrogator duped into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side. It puts her at the center of a plot to launch a biological attack in London. It was originally set at Warner Bros, but the studio let it go and itâ€™s being mounted as an indie film. Rapace, who broke through in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, last starred in the Ridley Scott-directed Prometheus, and next stars with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke in the Daniel Espinosa-directed Child 44 for Summit Entertainment.
Fox Searchlight has released the theatrical trailer for “The Drop”, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini in his final film. Directed by “Bullhead” filmmaker Michael Roskam, “The Drop” follows an ex-con trying to go straight, working a legit job in a bar, whose life gets upended by a robbery gone wrong. It’s potent stuff, particularly for this Brooklyn-set tale, and Roskam knew he had a great duo in Hardy and Gandolfini, according to a recent article by USA Today. “I could see there was a bit of a smile between them. It was like, ‘We’re going to nail this, right?’ ” Roskam said of the production. “And they did this intense scene and were just spot on. There was a beautiful connection between those two guys.” You can watch the trailer in the video archive, screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.