Noomi stepped out at Build Series to discuss about her new Netflix movie “Close” alongside director Vicky Jewson. The movie premieres this weekend, January 18. Below you can watch the Q&A and also check our gallery for HQ pictures.
“Close,” an adrenaline-pumping action thriller written and directed by Vicky Jewson (“Born of War”), is inspired by the life of the world’s leading female bodyguard, Jacquie Davis. The film stars Noomi Rapace as Sam, a counter-terrorist expert used to war zones, who takes on the job of protecting Zoe (Sophie Nélisse), a young and rich heiress — a babysitting job for her. But a violent attempted kidnapping forces the two to go on the run. Now they’ve got to take some lives — or lose theirs
A world-class hacker. An Alien-battling archaeologist. Seven identical twins living in a dystopian nightmare. When it comes to choosing roles, Noomi Rapace has always been drawn to tough characters — so it should come as no surprise that her latest, that of steely bodyguard Sam in the Netflix thriller Close, also fits the description.
“I’ve always been so fascinated by female bodyguards,” Rapace explains. “I was obsessed with their world and how good they are at leading people and blending in and basically not taking up any space. They’re behind you or in front of you, but they walk with you. It’s almost like a dance. It’s just a very intriguing, kind of hidden and secretive world.”
Her Close character, as seen in the exclusive trailer above, definitely knows how to stay out of the spotlight. Directed by Vicky Jewson, the film begins with Rapace’s Sam hired to protect an heiress named Zoe (Sophie Nélisse) in what seems like a straightforward job — until a mysterious group attempts to kidnap Zoe and forces the two women to go on the run.
“She would die for the people she protects, but she also has a lot of ghosts from her past that she’s not really dealing with, and she doesn’t have a lot of personal relationships,” Rapace says of Sam. “She doesn’t let people in.”
That complexity drew Rapace to the role, which is based on that of Jacquie Davis, one of the world’s leading female bodyguards, whose clients have included J.K. Rowling, Nicole Kidman, and members of the British royal family. Rapace met with Davis, who also served as a consultant on Close, and trained in London with The Circuit — the British organization for close protection officers — in order to perform her many fight brutal scenes.
“[Jacquie] has seen the dark side of humanity several times, and her heart is heavy but also strong,” Rapace says. “I’m obsessed with digging into the human psyche and discovering how different things will change you as a person, and I feel like my peek into this world stayed with me. It left a mark on me.”
Netflix has acquired the distribution rights to the upcoming action movie “Close”, starring Noomi Rapace, according to a report by Variety. The thriller picture focuses on Rapace as Sam, described by the movie’s logline as “the world’s toughest female bodyguard”, one of the few elite operators in the male-dominated field of close protection. Assigned to keep a young billionaire heiress safe from harm during a cushy visit to Morocco, Sam at first thinks the worst thing she’ll have to deal with is her client’s lousy attitude. But when the party comes under attack by unknown assailants and the two get framed for murder, they’re forced to work together if they want to make it out alive and clear their names. The movie is loosely based on the professional life of Jacquie Davis, one of the world’s most high-profile female bodyguards. The script was written by Rupert Whitaker, Jason Newmark, and Vicky Jewson. Close is directed by Vicky Jewson, who previously directed the movies Lady Godiva and Born of War. In addition to Rapace in the lead role, the movie stars Sophie Nélisse as the heiress, Zoe, Eoin Macken as Sam’s former partner Conall, and Indira Varma as Zoe’s stepmother. The film is currently in post-production; no release date has yet been announced.
Variety has the first production still from the just-wrapped “Close”, which shows Noomi Rapace in action as Sam, the world’s leading female bodyguard and counter-terrorism expert. WestEnd Films is handling worldwide sales and is at AFM this week with a “Close” promo. The film follows Rapace’s character as as she takes on a job looking after a rich heiress. After a violent kidnap attempt, the pair have to go on the run to save their lives. The cast includes Sophie Nélisse (“The Book Thief”), Eoin Macken (“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”) and Indira Varma (“Game of Thrones”). Rupert Whitaker produces and co-wrote the script with Vicky Jewson and Jason Newmark. Jewson is the director. Braden Aftergood (“Wind River”), Sarah Radclyffe (“Les Misérables”) and Dennis Davidson (“Bitter Harvest”) executive produce. The high resolution version of the production still can be found in the photo gallery.
Sophie Nélisse, Eoin Macken and Game Of Thrones‘ Indira Varma have been added to the cast of Close, the action thriller that stars Noomi Rapace. Vicky Jewson co-wrote and is directing the pic, which kicked off principal photography today and will shoot in the UK and Morocco. Loosely based on the experiences of Jacqui Davis, one of the world’s leading female bodyguards, the pic centers on Sam (Rapace) a close protection officer used to battlefield conditions who is hired to protect Zoe (Nélisse), a rebellious heiress to a billion-dollar company. When a violent kidnapping attempt forces them to go on the run, the women form an unlikely bond, and with the help of Sam’s ex-partner Conall (Macken) work together to clear their names and uncover their enemies. Varma plays Zoe’s stepmother. Rupert Whitaker co-wrote the script with Jewson and Jason Newmark and is producing. Braden Aftergood, Sarah Radclyffe, Janette Day and Dennis Davidson are executive producers. Davis is a consultant on the film. WestEnd Films is selling worldwide.
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.