Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley Board THE LAST VOYAGE OF DEMETER

     October 13, 2010


And she’s off!  Swedish actress Noomi Rapace paved the buzz surrounding her performance in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo into a direct route to Hollywood: she’ll make her English-language debut in Sherlock Holmes 2, and she’s in talks for such fellow franchise tentpoles as Mission: Impossible reboot, the Alien prequels.  Rapace is ready to sign on for her next project, The Last Voyage of Demeter, which will connect her to two iconic figures in film history: Dracula and Ben Kingsley.

Hit the jump for more information on Demeter and the role set aside for Rapace.

the_last_voyage_of_the_demeter_comic_book_coverThe Last Voyage of Demeter is based on a segment of Bram Stoker’s Dracula which recounts the legend of the ship which transported the famous vampire from Transylvania to England.  Courtesy of Wikipedia:

A Russian ship, the Demeter, having weighed anchor at Varna, runs aground on the shores of Whitby, England, during a fierce tempest. All of the crew are missing and presumed dead, and only one body is found, that of the captain tied to the ship’s helm. The captain’s log is recovered and tells of strange events that had taken place during the ship’s journey. These events led to the gradual disappearance of the entire crew apparently owing to a malevolent presence on board the ill-fated ship.


According to 24 Frames, Rapace is expected to play a stowaway on the ship.  The nature and extent of Kingsley’s involvement is unspecified, but the production is still on the lookout for a lead actor.  Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) is attached to helm the genre feature.

I’m not familiar with the particulars of the story, but I like the idea of an isolated-at-sea slasher flick.  Lots of potential.  The film in my head never actually casts an actor to play Dracula, whose presence on the ship is merely implicated by the gruesome evidence of last night’s misdeeds.

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