Noomi Rapace is making room on her dance card for "Dead Man Down," a thriller directed by Niels Arden Oplev. The Danish director previously worked with Rapace on "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," but while the role of Lisbeth Salander was Rapace's ticket to stardom, Oplev bowed out of the second two movies in the series because of scheduling difficulties.
"Dead Man Down" will costar Colin Farrell as "the right-hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City who is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Rapace), a crime victim seeking retribution," according to The Wrap.
This sounds somewhat familiar to fans of the Stieg Larsson Millennium series who are used to Rapace playing a woman hell bent on revenge, although Salander had very different techniques to exact her own form of justice.
"Dead Man Down" will be Oplev's first English language feature film. Although he's been attached to a handful of other projects, such as "The Last Photograph," "Game Theory," and an adaptation of Jennifer Egan's "The Keep," it doesn't seem like anything has stuck. "Photograph" went to Zack Snyder, and "Game Theory" sounds like it's still in limbo.
While Rooney Mara took over hacking duties for Rapace in the David Fincher remake, Rapace is racking up roles like Sim in the sequel to "Sherlock Holmes," the lead in Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller "Prometheus," and a movie about Anita Lindblom directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
Oplev has no love for the remake of "Dragon Tattoo" and hasn't minced words about it, either. He told Word and Film, "The only thing that’s annoying to me is that the Sony PR machine is trying to make their Lisbeth Salander the lead Lisbeth Salander. That's highly unfair because Noomi has captured this part and it should always be all her… Even in Hollywood there seems to be a kind of anger about the remake, like, 'Why would they remake something when they can just go see the original?' Everybody who loves film will go see the original one. It’s like, what do you want to see, the French version of 'La Femme Nikita' or the American one? You can hope that Fincher does a better job."
We'll have to wait until December 21 to see if Fincher's vision stacks up to the original. "Dead Man Down" is set to start filming early next year.