I like Noomi Rapace. A lot. I think she’s a damn fine actress who has been unfortunately under-served by the majority of her roles since her incandescent breakout as Lisbeth Salander in the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels. The solid Tom Hardy vehicle, The Drop, was probably her best feature in the intervening years, but even there her character wasn’t exactly a showcase for her skills.
So maybe here comes Netflix to the rescue by picking up the streaming rights to What Happened to Monday? (aka Seven Sisters), a dystopian sci-fi set in the near future in which a strict one child policy has been enforced around the globe in an effort to combat the damage wrought by overpopulation (presumably the problems of wealth inequality and resource hoarding and wastage had been checked off and sorted out already). The Child Allocation Bureau, run by its draconian boss (Glenn Close), overlooks the enforcement of this policy.
Of course there’s a rebel. Here they’re played by the marvelous Willem Dafoe, who raises his septuplet granddaughters in defiance of the regime. The key conceit here being that they are identical septuplets, named after the days of the week on which they are allowed to go out and pose as one woman: Karen Settman. Noomi Rapace does a Tatiana Maslany and plays all of them pretending to be one of them. Judging by the trailer, the tone looks a little bit generic and unremarkable, but perhaps this might be the role to finally give Rapace the space to stretch her wings. Check it out:
What Happened to Monday? is directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) and written by Kerry Williamson (Alex Cross) and Max Botkin. It will be released on August 18.