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