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Video: Noomi Rapace Moves Beyond Salander and the Millennium Trilogy

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 7, 2010 at 12:20PM

One of the trickiest moves to make as a young star is coping with sudden fame--especially when it is attached to a beloved character. Swedish actress Noomi Rapace created the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish films based on Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy"; the films made her a star all over the world (the trilogy has grossed $220 million so far worldwide – and $110 million for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." But like the "Twilight" stars, whether she can make a career outside Sweden in other roles, in other languages, is another question. As you can see from the interview below shot in Venice 2010, Rapace speaks fluent English. UPDATE: She has been getting offers from Hollywood, from the "Sherlock Holmes" series to "Prometheus." The question was what she would do with them. Now we know. She's a global star.
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Thompson on Hollywood

One of the trickiest moves to make as a young star is coping with sudden fame--especially when it is attached to a beloved character. Swedish actress Noomi Rapace created the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish films based on Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy"; the films made her a star all over the world (the trilogy has grossed $220 million so far worldwide – and $110 million for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." But like the "Twilight" stars, whether she can make a career outside Sweden in other roles, in other languages, is another question. As you can see from the interview below shot in Venice 2010, Rapace speaks fluent English. UPDATE: She has been getting offers from Hollywood, from the "Sherlock Holmes" series to "Prometheus." The question was what she would do with them. Now we know. She's a global star.

Rapace followed the Millenium films (the third, "The Girl that Kicked the Hornet's Nest," will open stateside in November) with the role of Medea on stage in Stockholm; she says she prefers working in film, though, at a greater remove from her audience. (Apparently fans kept taking pictures during the show and mobbing her afterwards.) Next she took on the great Swedish actress Pernilla August's debut film as a director, "Beyond," playing wife to her own husband Ola Rapace, also a well-known star in Sweden.

The tough domestic drama starts out with Rapace in bed with her husband--snuggling and smiling. It's like a beam of light--a far cry from Salander, a role Rapace is more than happy to leave behind. David Fincher never approached her for the remake; and she never contacted him. In "Beyond," which opens in Scandinavia next summer, she is playing a happily married mother of two who is unwillingly pulled back into remembering and dealing with her past when her neglectful and abusive mother calls her on her deathbed. It's strong stuff; Rapace runs with a juicy dramatic role.

Here's a three-part video interview from Venice:

This article is related to: Festivals, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Video, Interviews , Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Drama, Noomi Rapace


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.