Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace Get Intimate in First Image from Brian De Palma’s PASSION

     May 8, 2012


The first image from director Brian De Palma’s Passion has gone online, and stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace look to be getting quite close.  The film is a remake of the French thriller Love Crime and “tells the story of a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business.”  As is evident in this first image, the dog-eat-dog world of international business often includes making out with your colleagues/enemies.  The story centers on the relationship between a woman and her “innocent, lovely and easily exploited” protégé.  It’s not clear which roles the actresses play, but judging by the unease on display in this image, I’m inclined to believe that Rapace assumes the protégé role.

Needless to say, it certainly sounds like De Palma has crafted a sexually charged thriller with a pair of gutsy performances, so I’m eager to check it out.  Hit the jump to see the image along with a more detailed synopsis.  Passion will be shopped for distribution at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.

Image and synopsis via The Playlist.


Here’s the synopsis for Passion:

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…

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  • Nate

    Um, yes please.

    • Bo

      Come on, man…why don’t you guys just do your homework? A couple of clicks here and there…like IMDB and you wouldn’t have to speculate which actress is playing which character. McAdams is playing the older Christine, and Repace is playing the younger Isabelle. Matt is always too lazy to fully research…now you too? This is a pretty good web-site regarding the film world…it’s a pity you guys don’t have it a bit more together…like paying attention to detail and doing what’s necessary to give your readers the proper information when it’s so easily available. Having said that, thanks for this info regarding Passion. Should, or could, be an interesting film depending on how DePalma handles it!

  • renner

    At least one of these actresses is miscast. In the original film, there was a 19 year age difference between the actors. McAdams is only a year older than Rapace. The mentor should have been much older. It just seems odd to refer to one as the younger woman when they are clearly the same age.

    • Bonobo

      Yes, but then they would have had to cast a woman over 40 in a sexy leading role, which is impossible as “over 40″ and “sexy” is an oxymoron in Hollywood.

      • dgrasse

        Demi Moore
        Jennifer Lopez
        Jennifer Aniston
        Brooke Shields
        Halle Berry.

        Oh, and Helen Mirren. FTW.


    Alright, lets get some steady-cam, split-diopter, and rear projection shots going.

  • Leonardo

    De Palma is back bitches!!

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