Noomi Rapace, the girl with the dragon tattoo, will have a vampire bite
EXCLUSIVE: Swedish actress Noomi Rapace has been on a hot streak since her Swedish-language "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" became an art-house hit in the U.S. Now she's signing for a new role in an intriguing genre.
Rapace is set to come aboard the "The Last Voyage of Demeter," about the ill-fated journey of Dracula's coffin from Transylvania to England, according to sources familiar with the project.
Rapace is expected to play a stowaway on the boat, which according to legend arrived at its port with no survivors, prompting speculation that the vampire corpse made a little mayhem. Ben Kingsley is also coming aboard the ship, the sources said, while a lead actor is in the process of being cast.
The film has heat behind it: it's being directed by Oscar-winner Stefan Ruzowitzky ("The Counterfeiters") and produced by the team behind "Shutter Island" at Phoenix Pictures; the movie is expected to contain some of the literary genre qualities that characterized "Shutter."
With a new role in "Sherlock Holmes 2" and discussions on "Mission: Impossible 4" and the "Alien" prequel, Rapace has already capitalized on her popularity from "Dragon Tattoo" and the two films that followed in the adaptation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy.
"Demeter," however, would mark Rapace's first English-language genre movie, and also put her back in something of the scrappy loner role that she popularized as Lisbeth Salander. And if she decided to really go tough, she probably wouldn't even need to change her outfit.
-- Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Noomi Rapace in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.' Credit: Music Box Films