As previously reported, Ridley Scott is currently scouting actresses for the part a younger version of Sigourney Weaverâ€™s indelibly kick-ass heroine, Ripley for Alien. The sci-fi prequel (not a sequel), that it will also be in 3-D. Entertainment Weekly has confirmation from Scott’s camp that the director has been busy lately meeting with several young leading ladies for the juicy part, including Carey Mulligan, Aussie actress Abbie Cornish (who appeared in Scottâ€™s 2006 A Good Year), and fresh-faced import Noomi Rapace, star of the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movies. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weeklyâ€™s Rob Brunner, Rapace hinted at this development, albeit a bit cagily. The latest actress to join the group, as it’s reported today by New York Magazine’s Vulture, is Natalie Portman. Here’s what they further write: A parade of actresses have met with Scott to discuss the lead role, but only two have engendered substantial enthusiasm from both Fox brass and Scott Free, the directorâ€™s Fox-based production company: Vulture can report exclusively that at the top of the list is Natalie Portman. Right behind Portman is the already-reported Noomi Rapace, star of the Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Article courtesy The New York Times. Remember that mysterious, unpublished, unconfirmed manuscript of the fourth book in Stieg Larssonâ€™s best-selling â€śMillenniumâ€ť series? Itâ€™s actually the fifth book. So said Mr. Larssonâ€™s brother, Joakim, in an interview on CBS that was broadcast on Sunday. â€śI got an e-mail from Stieg 10 days before he died, where he said that book four is nearly finished,â€ť Joakim Larsson said in the interview, which also included his father, Erland. â€śTo make it more complicated, this book No. 4 – thatâ€™s book No. 5,â€ť he added. â€śBecause he thought that was more fun to write.â€ť The disclosure – should it be true – adds another turn to an already twisty personal story that is nearly as complicated as the plots of the Swedish crime mysteries that Mr. Larsson wrote.
The first three books of the â€śMillenniumâ€ť series, beginning with â€śThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,â€ť and ending with â€śThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornetâ€™s Nest,â€ť have become a publishing phenomenon, with tens of millions of copies in print. Mr. Larsson did not live to see the books published; he died of a heart attack in 2004, at the age of 50. The author had said he intended the series to consist of 10 books, and he was working on a manuscript when he died. Under Swedish law, control of his estate went to his family, not to Eva Gabrielsson, his longtime companion. Ms. Gabrielsson, who is reportedly in possession of a laptop containing the manuscript, declined to comment to CBS. Paul Bogaards, a spokesman for Knopf, the American publisher of the â€śMillenniumâ€ť books, said he believed the unpublished manuscript existed but did not know whether it was intended to be the fourth book or the fifth. Whether it will ever be published is another question. Depending on the plot and substance of the story, it is possible that it could work as the fourth book in the series, even if it had been intended to be the fifth. According to CBS, the Larssons said they would not allow the book to be published.
Again, with many thanks to Mariana, high quality scans from the Summer 2009 issue of Swedish Film magazine have been added to the gallery. The article is in English, so I’m sure most of you can read it :-)
With many thanks to the great Mariana, scans from Paper Magazine (Spring 2010) and Bon International (Spring/Summer 2010) have been added to the Image Library. Enjoy reading!
The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands October 15, 2010, features a spread on Noomi, entitled “Dragon Tattoo and Beyond”. Be sure to pick your copy – and if anyone is able to contribute scans, please drop me a line :-)
News are floating for a while that Noomi is considered by director Ridley Scott for the role of Ellen Ripley in a planned 3D prequel to Scott’s “Alien” series. And while I personally don’t consider this for granted in any way, Deadline has written an insightful article on the recent talks: Now that Rooney Mara got the Lisbeth Salander role in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Emma Stone got the Gwen Stacy role in Spider-Man and Sandra Bullock is in talks for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, the next juicy female role is the lead in the Ridley Scott-directed 3D Alien prequel at 20th Century Fox. I’m told that the studio and Scott have had general meetings with a number of actresses. I’ve heard that list includes the studio’s Wall Street 2 star Carey Mulligan and Abbie Cornish (Scott directed her in A Good Year). But another intriguing possibility I’ve heard more than once today is that Noomi Rapace also met and left a strong impression. The actress, who played Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish adaptation, met Scott and Fox before she signed on to co-star in the Sherlock Holmes sequel. I’m told that meetings are ongoing with cast and no decisions have been made, but I could see Rapace taking a Ripley-esque turn in space.