May 15th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Noomi Rapace is set to take the lead in upcoming action-thriller Close. The film – which has been sent out to buyers ahead of Cannes, with London-based banner WestEnd handling worldwide sales – is based on the life of the world’s leading female bodyguard, and will see the Prometheus star play Sam, a counter-terrorism expert who takes on what should be a babysitting job; protecting rich teenage heiress, Zoe. But a violent attempted kidnapping forces the two to go on the run. Now they’ve got to take some lives – or lose theirs. “Close” is being directed by British helmer Vicky Jewson (Born of War), who co-wrote the script with Rupert Whitaker. WestEnd acquired the film under its WeLove banner aimed at female audiences. Whitaker produces, while exec producers are Janette Day, Braden Aftergood, Sarah Radclyffe, and producers’ representative Dennis Davidson. Rapace, who rose to fame as Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novels, has also starred in Child 44, The Drop and Michael Apted’s recent thriller Unlocked with Orlando Bloom and Toni Collette. She will soon appear alongside Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in David Ayer’s fantasy actioner Bright, hostage crisis thriller Stockholm with Mark Strong and Ethan Hawke, and as Maria Callas in an upcoming biopic about the famed opera singer. Shooting on Close is due to start next month.

  May 12th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

“Unlocked” has been released in UK theaters last Friday and has entered the box office earning £258,000 over the weekend. The US theatrical release date has been set for September 01, 2017. Below, you will find a compilation of press junket interviews with Noomi, director Michae Apted and co-stars Orlando Bloom and Michael Douglas, as well as three new clips from the film.

  May 7th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

“Unlocked” has premiered in UK theaters on Friday. Reviews have been favorable to mixed, all describing it as a female Bourne-story with praise for Rapace (except for the Hollywood Reporter) and criticism on the plot – but not as bad as one would have feared for a film that has been shelved for over two years. Here’s a selection of reviews from the British press, highlighting Noomi’s performance, production stills can be found below.

Variety, Guy Lodge, May 05, 2017
As the Hollywood casting search for a new, rebooted Lisbeth Salander starts up again, spare a thought for poor Noomi Rapace. Having stepped aside for Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s 2011 film, the original girl with the dragon tattoo is still proving her mettle for the part in far lesser vehicles like “Unlocked” – an anonymously enjoyable espionage thriller that, for purposes of memory, all but self-destructs the second the closing credits begin to roll.

The Guardian, Simran Hans, May 07, 2017
Islamic State, MI5, a deadly virus and a neck-tattooed Orlando Bloom: screenwriter Peter O’Brien throws everything at the wall in this derivative thriller. Nothing sticks. With a cast of A-listers including John Malkovich, Michael Douglas and Toni Collette, not to mention Rapace herself, you’d expect at least one performance capable of cutting through the script’s sludge. Still, worth a hate-watch if only to hear Bloom’s former marine declare in full EastEnders mode: “I love a tagine.”

The Telegraph, Robbie Collin, May 04, 2017
The sheer flimsiness of every role here, including Rapace’s, means it’s rarely possible to see the highly recognisable cast as anyone other than themselves: in particular, the moment Bloom’s character first pulls off his balaclava to reveal the grinning face of Legolas underneath is a ludicrous ‘Only me!’ moment worthy of The Fast Show.

The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw, May 05, 2017
Noomi Rapace plays Alice, a CIA agent undercover in London; Michael Douglas is her handler; John Malkovich is the hawkish spy chief at Langley; and Collette is his testy opposite number at MI5. Alice is curtly called in to interrogate a jihadi intermediary suspected of being about to give the “go” instruction on a bio-warfare attack somewhere in the US. She’s about to break him – when something strange happens. Like so many thrillers of this sort, the movie blandly assumes that Middle Eastern terrorists aren’t smart enough to fool US authorities: it takes American converts and American spies. But this covert cliche aside, Unlocked is an entertaining genre thriller, punched home with vigour and attack.

The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Dalton, May 03, 2017
Rapace has the kick-ass moves, but her low-voltage performance is too waxy and blank for a lead role. Sporting tattoos and a man-bun, Bloom makes a comically off-target bid to rebrand himself as a Jason Statham-type hard man, barking cod-Dickensian lines in a cartoonish mockney accent that will grate with many Brit viewers. Collette radiates twinkly androgynous mischief with her peroxide punkette buzzcut and cut-glass English accent.

  May 7th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Here comes a great article by Vice‘s Early Works section, in which Noomi Rapace recalls her upbringing and first acting job in Sweden and her transition from an unknown theatre actress to Salander superstar. The complete article can be read here.

We lived in Iceland when I was a child, and my stepdad is Icelandic. My mother was a drama teacher and acted in smaller theater groups—very alternative. I was brought to an Icelandic viking film set when I was seven, because there were children in the film. I ended up being in the film for three weeks, and I loved it. It was a very brutal, bloody, muddy, intense, crazy film. The director was very loud and quite demanding. There was one specific night where we’d been shooting for 15 hours; the lead actress was tired, and people wanted to take a break. I was doing the same thing over and over, and all of a sudden the director had this big outburst. He was screaming, “What is wrong with you guys? Look at this girl! How old are you?” I said, “Seven,” and he said, “She’s seven years old, and she’s not complaining! This is a real actress!” I was like, “Wow!” I kept that in my heart.

  April 30th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Noomi Rapace is featured on today’s cover of The Sunday Times Style, which included a terrific new photoshoot. Forget Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba — could the 37-year-old Swedish actress Noomi Rapace be the outside bet to be the next James Bond? I wouldn’t have asked, but in her new film, Unlocked, she plays a fearsome spy dashing around London being endlessly double-crossed in her attempts to thwart a biological weapons attack. Orlando Bloom plays her sexy bit of fluff, she goes for power cocktails with Michael Douglas, and almost manages to make jumping a fence in 4in heels look like a credible character choice. In short, it is the perfect audition tape for 007, albeit minus the one appendage traditionally associated with the role. You can read the complete article with a subscription over at The Sunday Times.


  April 26th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

She’s finally here, breathing, speaking, Elizabeth Shaw. And yet my feeling tells me this is probably all we’re going to see in “Alien: Covenant”. Fingers crossed I’m wrong. As part of the Alien Day celebration, 20th Century Fox has released “The Crossing”, a new, official prologue to Ridley Scott‘s Alien: Covenant that not only reveals the fates of Elizabeth Shaw and the android David after the events of Prometheus, but also stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender in their former roles. That’s a pretty big deal considering that this sequence is not expected to be part of the finished film, though it does answer part of the question of what Shaw and David have been up to on their spacefaring journey. But perhaps it reveals too much. Some recent images released by Empire revealed some curious scenes which we assumed were from Alien: Covenant, but at least one of them was actually from this new short film. We’ll break it down after you’ve had a chance to view it, but let me just say that I love this particular brand of marketing, one that doesn’t show off sequences from the film over and over again so that they’re stale by the time you get to the theater. The complete article can be read over at Collider, screencaptures from the prologue can be found in the photo gallery.


  April 21st, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

UK fans make sure to grab your copy of the latest Empire Magazine, not only for a kick-ass cover story on Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” (no trace of Elizabeth Shaw) but also for a 4 page interview with Noomi Rapace featuring a stunning new editorial. A very interesting read. She talks a bit about preparing for each role with a new scent, confirms the upcoming collaboration with Ethan Hawke on “Stockholm”, and even a project that hasn’t been announced yet, about a female bodyguard. Digital scans have been added to the photo gallery.


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