While we’re still left in the dark if “Seven Sisters” is only the French / international title and the American version will be still titled “What Happened to Monday?”, promotion continues with a first set of character posters for the film’s release, featuring Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so far. See all the new posters in the photo gallery. Fingers crossed the remaining ones will be launched soon. Edit: The remaining 4 posters have been added as well.
The French theatrical trailer for “What Happened to Monday?” – called “Seven Sisters” internationally – has been released today and it looks amazing! In a world where families are limited to one child due to overpopulation, a set of identical septuplets (all played by Noomi Rapace) must avoid being put to a long sleep by the government and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own. Rapace is joined by Willem Dafoe and Glenn Close, so that’s not bad company either. Check out the trailer in the video archive. The French poster and new production stills have been added to the photo gallery.
I’m a few days behind with two of Noomi’s recent appearances in Sweden. On May 20, she has celebrated the launch of New Black x Noomi Rapace in Östermalm. As The New Black wrote on Instagram, “nowadays, when most collaborations are strictly business and all about money, we are happy to present something that is based on real friendship”. Also, last week, Noomi was one of the celebrity guests at Peter Stordalen’s opening of his new hotel At Six in Stockholm. Pictures from both events have been added to the photo gallery, with many thanks to Marinka.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re only weeks ago from the (hopefully extensive) promotion for “Unlocked”, and a first stunning new pictorial of Noomi will be released in next week’s Glass Magazine. She graces one of five covers for their “Goddess Issue” and is photographed by Hew Hood. You can get a glimpse below, make sure to grab your copy and visit their website.
“Unlocked” will be literally unlocked this May after being shelved for two years. I’m really excited for the reviews. In these new stills, Noomi is paired with the powerhouse ensemble of Michael Apted’s thriller – Michael Douglas, Toni Collette and Orlando Bloom. Click on any of the pictures to see all latest additions. Also, a new US poster for the film as well as the new poster for “Alien: Covenant” have been added. Edit: Four more production stills from “Unlocked” have been added with many thanks to Marinka for sending them in.