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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Swedish crime novel makes it to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

The "Millennium" crime trilogy by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson has become a cult hit worldwide, selling more than 10 million copies, and the first novel's long-awaited movie adaptation hits screens Friday.
The film opening in Swedish and Danish movie theatres Friday is based on the first book, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
It follows Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative reporter, and Lisbeth Salander, a feisty rebel hacker-turned-detective, as they search for Harriet Vanger, the niece of a business tycoon who disappeared at the age of 16 four decades earlier in northern Sweden.

Swedish media have unanimously hailed the muscular, raven-haired Rapace, covered in piercings and a large dragon tattoo on her back for the shoot, for her convincing performance, especially in the most violent scenes including one in which she is brutally raped.

Some critics have said Rapace is physically too big and muscular to faithfully play Salander, described in the trilogy as a small, androgynous girl who is so skinny she looks anorexic.

After seeing an early screening of the nearly two-and-a-half-hour-long movie, however, most viewers said the physical differences were easily forgotten thanks to Rapace's convincing performance.
It is also expected to hit the big screen in Belgium and the Netherlands soon.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Noomi Rapace Biography

Noomi Rapace (née Norén, born 28 December, 1979 in Hudiksvall) is a Swedish actress. Her father was Rogelio Durán, a Spanish cantaor (Flamenco singer) from Badajoz.
She spent her childhood in Järna and then in Flúðir, Iceland. She lived with her mother and stepfather at Flúðir when she was 5–8 years old and at the age of seven, she was given a non-speaking part in the film Í skugga hrafnsins by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. This experience made her decide to be an actress. In 1996, she made her TV debut playing the part of Lucinda Gonzales in the TV series Tre kronor.
From 1998 to 1999, Rapace studied at Skara Skolscen. She has been engaged at Theater Plaza 2000–2001, Orionteatern 2001, Teater Galeasen 2002, Stockholms stadsteater in 2003 as well as at the Royal Dramatic Theatre.
Noomi Rapace is married to the actor Ola Rapace, they have a son.