Noomi Rapace Circles Animal Rescue

Noomi Rapace

Fox Searchlight wanted Tom Hardy to play the male lead in the adaptation Animal Rescue last month. Today, there is a word that the actor is in final talks to star, with the studio offering the female lead to Noomi Rapace. It isn’t known if The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star plans on accepting the offer or not.

Dennis Lehane wrote the adapted screenplay, based on his own short story. The plot centers on a bartender who rescues a pit bull from a garbage can, and gets caught up in a vast criminal conspiracy at the mafia-controlled bar he works at. No details were given for the female lead character. Although the short story is set in Boston, like most of Dennis Lehane’s stories, the adaptation will take place in New York City.

Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead) is directing, with Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Mike Larocca producing. Fox Searchlight is eyeing a March start date for the adaptation. Animal Rescue comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace. The film is directed by Michael R. Roskam.

Noomi Rapace Career Milestones

Noomi Rapace Career Milestones

Birth Name: Noomi Norén
Birth Date: December 28, 1979
Birth Place: Hudiksvall, Gävleborgs län, Sweden

Noomi Rapace gained global acclaim with her riveting and unnerving portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the original film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium Trilogy, beginning with her breakout performance in Niels Arden Oplev’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

For her performance in the film, Rapace won several international honors, including Sweden’s Guldbagge Award for Best Actress. She was also recognized with nominations for a BAFTA Award, a Critics’ Choice Award and a European Film Award. She went on to receive praise when she reprised her role in “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”

Upcoming, Rapace will next be seen starring in Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated sci-fi thriller “Prometheus,” with Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce. The film is slated to open on June 8, 2012. She is also set to star opposite Colin Farrell in the thriller “Dead Man Down,” which reunites her with director Niels Arden Oplev.

Earlier in 2011, Rapace starred in Pål Sletaune’s Norwegian thriller “Babycall,” earning her Best Actress honors at the Rome Film Festival for her performance as a young mother who believes she has overheard a murder. In 2010, she starred in Pernilla August’s award-winning directorial debut, “Beyond,” (“Svinalägorna”), for which she earned another Guldbagge Award nomination.

Born in Sweden, Rapace began her acting career at the age of seven, in Iceland’s “In the Shadow of the Raven.” She went on to appear in more than 20 film and television projects. In 2007, she made her mark on the big screen with a critically acclaimed performance in the starring role of the Danish film “Daisy Diamond.”

Sherlock Holmes: Legendary detective’s second back to the big screen

Sherlock Holmes: Legendary detective's second back to the big screen

Case Reopened

Those two tantalizing words at the close of 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes” promised audiences that more adventures lie ahead. Now “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” fulfills that promise, bringing the legendary detective back to the big screen in a new action-packed mystery that reunites the stars and filmmakers behind that worldwide hit.

Director Guy Ritchie says, “I was very keen to return to Sherlock Holmes’ world because the experience of making the first movie was so positive, both personally and creatively. There were a myriad of story possibilities in revisiting this character because he has so many interesting facets. His idiosyncrasies almost transcend description, so I wanted the opportunity to explore that more, while giving audiences something they hadn’t seen.”

Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” had redefined Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic character for a new generation, with Robert Downey Jr. creating his own unique incarnation of the role, alongside Jude Law as Holmes’ friend, partner, and occasional foil, Dr. John Watson.

Producer Joel Silver states, “There was a kind of magic that came out of the dynamic between Robert and Jude as Holmes and Watson, and this film gave us a chance to take that up a notch. In the first movie, we had to give audiences the time to get to know the foibles of the characters. Coming into this movie, we had already laid the foundation, so we could launch right into the action, which is bigger, funnier and more explosive in every sense of the word.”

“First and foremost,” Robert Downey Jr. adds, “we wanted to maintain the visceral tone that was part of Guy’s original vision, while presenting Holmes with an even more difficult case, one that would challenge his considerable skills.”

That challenge arises out of the threat from a redoubtable adversary, one whose name is familiar to anyone with even a passing knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes canon: Professor James Moriarty.

“We needed a mystery that raises the bar for Holmes, so we pitted him against his most famous foe,” notes producer Susan Downey. “At the end of the last film, Sherlock fleetingly learned of Moriarty from Irene Adler. In the time elapsed, he has become increasingly obsessed with what Moriarty is up to and has only begun to realize the breadth of his plan.”

Producer Lionel Wigram comments, “Moriarty is the greatest criminal mastermind in the world. He is a genius—albeit a mad genius—but because he is so brilliant, Holmes may have met his match.”

Ritchie emphasizes, “Because they are intellectual equals to a degree, there is the sense that this is a game that is stimulating to them both. In this way, they actually need each other, and that idea is authentic to the books. Holmes needs Moriarty as much as Moriarty needs Holmes.”

To write the screenplay, the producers enlisted husband-and-wife writing team Kieran and Michele Mulroney, with the latter being exceptionally well-versed in the source material. She offers, “Growing up in England, I remember reading the books and being awed by the weird and wonderful way Holmes’ mind worked. It was a joy to revisit the original stories and still marvel at the inventiveness and intricacies of Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries.”

In fact, true Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts will notice that the filmmakers paid homage to the author by incorporating some of Conan Doyle’s language in the dialogue.

The screenwriters also felt a responsibility to do justice to the story’s villain, as well as its heroes. “We knew that whatever dire scheme Moriarty had up his sleeve, it had to feel insurmountable,” Kieran Mulroney confirms. “The stakes needed to be proportionate to the professor’s appetite for evil, which is obviously huge. Our goal was to push Holmes and Watson to their limits in pursuit of this man…to test their relationship even more than in the last film.”

“I was thrilled that the connection between Holmes and Watson, as we had developed it, was still very much the heart and soul of the story,” says Jude Law, who returns in the role of Watson.

Producer Dan Lin, who had worked with the Mulroneys before, observes, “Kieran and Michele’s script explores the evolution of Holmes and Watson’s relationship after the first movie—with Sherlock ready for the next case, and Watson engaged to Mary and planning to settle down and step away from the life of a private detective. What does this mean for their future? And how will the world survive without them, especially with Sherlock’s most formidable nemesis, Professor Moriarty, on the loose?”

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Trailer

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The film begins at the conclusion of the The Girl Who Played with Fire. Salander is airlifted to a hospital in Gothenburg, to recover from gunshot wounds inflicted by her father, Zala. She is cared for by Dr. Anders Jonasson, who prevents anyone except Annika Giannini, her lawyer, from visiting.

At the same time Evert Gullberg and Fredrik Clinton, old colleagues from the “Section”, a group within the Swedish Security Service, reconnect and decide that they must silence Zalachenko and Salander to preserve cold war secrets. Zalachenko is still alive, in a hospital room down the hall from Salander. Gullberg arrives at the hospital at the same time as Giannini, proceeds to Zalachenko’s room, and shoots him dead.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Trailer

Giannini saves Salander by barricading the door to Salander’s room. Gullberg, unable to reach Salander, shoots himself. Clinton visits psychiatrist Dr. Peter Teleborian, and explains his plan to silence Salander by having her committed to St. Stephen’s mental hospital again. Dr. Teleborian tries to meet with Salander to conduct a psychological evaluation but is obstructed by her doctor, Dr. Jonasson.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (Swedish: Luftslottet som sprängdes) is a 2009 Swedish drama thriller film directed by Daniel Alfredson. It is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson, the third and final entry in his Millennium series. The film was also the last film for veteran actor Per Oscarsson, who died in a house fire on 31 December 2010.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Directed by: Daniel Alfredson
Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin, Jacob Ericksson, Mirja Turestedt, Ewa Fröling, Marika Lagercrantz
Screenplay by: Jonas Frykberg, Stieg Larsson, Ulf Ryberg, Tanja Lorentzon
Production Design by: Niels Sejer
Cinematography by: Eric Kress
Film Editing by: Anne Østerud
Costume Design by: Cilla Rörby
Music by: Jacob Groth
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, some sexual material and brief violence.
Studio: Music Box Films
Release Date: October 29, 2010

Related Link: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Full Production Notes

DVD Releases: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo DVD

DVD Releases: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo DVD

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.

When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger’s are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Millennium is based on the trilogy of books by Stieg Larsson and has sold over 21 million copies worldwide. Tragically, Larsson did not live to see the phenomenon his work has become as he died suddenly in 2004 soon after delivering the manuscripts to his Swedish publisher.

In Swedish with English subtitles. Based on the international bestseller by Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first in the gripping Millennium trilogy.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Sven-Bertil Taube
Bcreenplay: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg
Release Date: Friday April 16, 2010 (Theatrical)
Release Date: Tuesday July 6, 2010 (DVD)