Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace Go In For A Kiss In First Look At Brian De Palma's 'Passion'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
May 8, 2012 1:04 PM
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With cameras rolling this spring on "Passion," Brian De Palma's first feature film in six years, there's no doubt it will be a hot item when it's repped at the Cannes marketplace, and certainly this first official image from the film will get people talking.

Stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace go in for an (uneasy, it seems) kiss in the thriller that promises to have a sexual charge. A loose remake of Alain Corneau's 2010 French film “Love Crime,” which starred Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott-Thomas, that movie told the story of two women involved in a sexy and dangerous power struggle while working at a multinational conglomerate. And while it's still unclear just what changes to the story have been made in de Palma's do-over, the official plot synopsis sheds a bit more light on what we can expect:

An erotic thriller in the tradition of "Dressed To Kill" and "Basic Instinct", Brian de Palma's PASSION tells the story of a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business. Christine possesses the natural elegance and casual ease associated with one who has a healthy relationship with money and power. Innocent, lovely and easily exploited, her admiring protégé Isabelle is full of cutting-edge ideas that Christine has no qualms about stealing. They're on the same team, after all... Christine takes pleasure in exercising control over the younger woman, leading her one step at a time ever deeper into a game of seduction and manipulation, dominance and humiliation. But when Isabelle falls into bed with one of Christine's lovers, war breaks out. On the night of the murder, Isabelle is at the ballet, while Christine receives an invitation to seduction. From whom? Christine loves surprises. Naked she goes to meet the mystery lover waiting in her bedroom...

Needless to say, this first look is a helluva tease, and that description seems to fit squarely in the wheelhouse where De Palma does his best work, so we're pretty excited for this one. No release date yet, but this looks like a nice gear change for McAdams and another fascinating choice from Rapace, and we can't wait to see what they cook up together.

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22 Comments

  • Sarah | May 13, 2012 2:17 PMReply

    Looks steamy!

  • Renee | May 8, 2012 11:36 PMReply

    No it is not, I lost respect because she did what many others are doing, pleasing the media, among others. I did not exceed the ordinary. You still make no sense. You just want to complain that I don't appeal to your desires. Thanks Roddy, I thought so too.

  • Tink | May 12, 2012 3:19 AM

    You don't like gays but do not consider ourself homophobic?

    Interesting lol

    My brother is gay and he experiences people like you every so often. Really nice until they realise he is engaged, to a lovely guy called Jim. It's as bad as deciding you are not going to be friends with someone just because weeks after meeting them, you find out they are Jewish... Prejudice is a cruel thing.

    This actress clearly liked the script and thought it would be a good, possibly challenging role. You now dont like her because she has no issue with 'it' but let's be honest, I doubt she cares one bit.

  • c12 | May 9, 2012 12:54 AM

    do you need reading glasses? i never said homosexuality was unusual. dictionary.com: "unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality." world english dictionary: "intense hatred or fear of homosexuals or homosexuality." did you happen to notice the word "or" when reading those? homophobia is a word that can be used to describe hatred or fear or antipathy or extreme/irrational aversion to homosexuals or homosexuality. you don't have to "hate" to be considered homophobic. and sorry, i had no idea i was "controlling what to say and not to say." i was under the impression you were speaking freely and i was disagreeing. g'night. :)

  • Renee | May 9, 2012 12:36 AM

    Um no, it obviously bothers you that I don't agree with it. Dictionary.com says it means "hatred of homosexuals". That is what it means. I'm glad you agree that it is unusual. Hatred doesn't come along with me, I just don't agree with the practice so wrong again. She's one of my favorite actresses so of course I feel uneasy about it but I don't express any hatred for her or anyone else. People like you always gotta control what to say and not to say. If it is something you don't like, you have a stroke and call it homophobic when I expressed nothing of the sort. I don't make fun, I don't bully, I don't hate. I simply DON'T AGREE. That's it. If you don't like it, oh well. I will not change how I feel because of anyone. Nor does the Bible. Period. Go away, goodnight ; )

  • c12 | May 9, 2012 12:24 AM

    i agree, it isn't an ordinary amount. and again, homophobia means "extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality" according to the dictionary. yes, hatred comes along with that a lot of the time. "If she liked it, she would have been done it." i don't know what that means. obviously she liked the role enough to accept it, and wasn't fazed by the aspect of it that bothers you so much.

  • Renee | May 9, 2012 12:10 AM

    It isn't ordinary. For the last time, homophobic means hatred of homosexuals. I don't hate anyone, I just don't agree with the practice. If she liked it, she would have been done it. I'm not fazed by it at all lol. If I lose respect because of wrong practices, I am not exceeding anything or homophobic. That word is just overused. I simply don't agree with homosexuality. You don't have to agree with me.

  • c12 | May 8, 2012 11:52 PM

    losing respect is exceeding an ordinary amount of aversion to homosexuality, which makes you homophobic. and ever consider maybe she just liked the role? that homosexuality doesn't faze her as much as it does you?

  • Renee | May 8, 2012 8:25 PMReply

    I'm not down with that. I had so much respect for her. >:(

  • JayP | May 12, 2012 9:23 AM

    Why do idiots like you constantly insist on flaunting your stupidity? Or are you really just a moron and don't know any better? Stop making an effort to parade you ignorance and vapidness everywhere. Take youself, your Bible, and your buffoonery back to your closet and stay there. Nobody wants to witness your queerness and subnormality. In other words, keep your brain-farts to yourself and your chocolate Jesus. Fool!

  • lies | May 9, 2012 9:43 PM

    Actually no, homophobe means a person that's afraid of gays...at least get your repartee right.

  • c12 | May 8, 2012 11:22 PM

    merriam-webster dictionary. and yes, losing respect for an actress after seeing her kiss someone of the same sex is extreme. extreme, as in "exceeding the ordinary" (merriam-webster).

  • roddymartindale | May 8, 2012 11:20 PM

    No, losing respect for someone for a role involving homosexuality is not extreme at all.

  • Renee | May 8, 2012 10:58 PM

    No it does not, I don't what kind of dictionary you are looking at but you need to regroup your intelligence. Even if it meant such, I was not extreme. Extreme means intense, farthest. Did I sound like either of those? I don't think so.

  • c12 | May 8, 2012 9:26 PM

    it means "extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality" actually.

  • Renee | May 8, 2012 8:58 PM

    Lol...homophobe means hatred of gays. Me hate no one at all, never will idiot

  • c12 | May 8, 2012 8:56 PM

    lol. homophobes.

  • Brandon | May 8, 2012 7:27 PMReply

    The script is an incoherent mess. Maybe De Palma and the actors can salvage it, but as it is, the story's awful.

  • Wendy | May 8, 2012 4:25 PMReply

    So pleased that Rachel is doing something out of her usual genres. Fingers crossed for a 2012 release!

  • Brad | May 8, 2012 3:37 PMReply

    Looks like it may be a pretty enticing treat.

  • Cinematic_High | May 8, 2012 2:37 PMReply

    Honestly....they had me at De Palma

  • dave | May 8, 2012 1:21 PMReply

    This is going to be gorgeous. The DP is Almodovar regular Jose Luis Alcaine.

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