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Noomi Rapace Recruits a Few Oscar Nominees and An Elf to Join in Her SpyGirl Games

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | November 6, 2014 | Comments ()

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | November 6, 2014 |


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There are fewer actresses than I’d like to see gravitating toward action/thrillers, but I am thankful for the ones we do have — Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Gina Carano, Angelina Jolie…and especially Noomi Rapace, who seems to relish physical roles. Come to think of it, she’d make a brilliant superheroine, and couldn’t we use a female Liam Neeson? — but that’s a whole other conversation. Right now she’s just begun filming Michael Apted’s (Masters of Sex, The World Is Not Enough) too-long-in-development Unlocked. Rapace plays a CIA agent duped into giving key information to terrorists, and who must now race to stop a biological attack against London. The script by Peter O’Brien was on the 2008 Black List (hottest unproduced scripts) alongside Inglourious Basterds, Foxcatcher, and Up in the Air.

Michael Douglas co-stars in a secret role, but dammit, you guys know one measly Oscar winner isn’t enough for a kickass, female-led spy film? Noomi needed more high-level company, and boy howdy did she find some.


Well hello, John Malkovich…I do hope you’re playing a bad guy.

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And howdy, Toni Collette — I always think of you as (and love you for) Muriel, but I kinda hope you’re playing a bad guy, too.

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What’s that you say, Noomi? You need a smokin’ hot elf? Say no more.

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Dubbed a “Bourne-esque” thriller, Unlocked also stars Kendrick Ong (Snowpiercer, Philip Broadie (The Musketeers), and Makram Khoury (Munich, The West Wing), and it’s going right on my list.


Cindy Davis, (Twitter) hopes you didn’t notice her sneaky first holiday-related headline, and is duly ashamed.


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