Noomi Rapace, who played Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, may be about to break out stateside in a big way. While Rapace isn’t a household name in America yet, Stieg Larsson’s “Millenium Trilogy” (of which Dragon Tattoo is the first part) novels are still tearing up the bestseller list and the movie is one of the hottest titles on Netflix “Watch Instantly”. Rapace also won the Swedish equivalent of an Oscar for her performance as Salander and now Magnolia Pictures wants to get her an Oscar nomination for that performance. Deadline reports that Rapace is basically being set up to be the next Marion Cotillard. Hit the jump to find out about the ridiculous amount of high-profile roles she’s been meeting for.
As we reported on Monday, Rapace was set to meet or had been meeting with McG, Joe Roth (Freedomland), Brett Ratner and Ridley Scott, as well as producers Avi Arad and Di Bonaventura Pictures, production execs Marc Evans at Parmamount and Greg Silverman at Warner Bros. Deadline now has details on those meetings and others.
First up, Evans wants Rapace for Mission: Impossible IV (“If it’s not too far along,” an insider tells Deadline) and Silverman wants her for Sherlock Holmes 2. She’s scheduled to meet with Silverman and M:I-4 director Brad Bird next week.
Rapace also sat down with Brett Ratner and Ridley Scott, but apparently not for any specific project. She also had meetings with producer Brad Fischer for The Last Voyage of the Demeter, and filmmakers James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) for The Raven, Tommy Wirkola for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Jon Amiel (Creation) for his next flick (rumored to be titled “Masterwork“), and discussed a “juicy villain role” with McG for his next film, This Means War starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, and Reese Witherspoon.
I’ve only seen Rapace in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but she gave a good performance. It’s not one I would call Oscar-worthy, but I don’t think there’s any reason to dread how much we’re about to begin seeing her.