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To some, she’ll always be Lisbeth Salander, techno-goth hacker heroine of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium trilogy. Yet while David Fincher continues to prep an American adaptation of the hit Swedish film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo original Lisbeth Noomi Rapace continues to line up projects that challenge her creatively and expand her acting resume.
Rapace wrapped work on Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes sequel, A Game of Shadows, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, and continues to film Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller Prometheus. But after that project, Rapace has agreed to film an as-yet-untitled biopic of iconic Swedish singer Anita Lindblom for Twilight and Red Riding Hood director Catherine Hardwicke. And in a strange twist of fate, Rapace’s husband, Ola Rapace, will play Lindblom’s husband, boxer Bosse Högberg.
Lindblom had a massive hit in 1961 with Sån’t är livet, which was a cover of Roy Hamilton’s You Can Have Her. But Hardwicke’s film, according to ScreenDaily, will focus more on the tabloid-fueling love affair waged between Lindblom and Högberg that captivated Sweden in the 1960s and turned the duo into overnight celebrities.
The obvious challenge would be selling the film in the States, where Lindblom and Högberg’s story has no cultural impact. But the biopic calls to mind Olivier Dahan’s 2007 take on Edith Piaf’s life for La Vie en Rose, which introducing mainstream audiences to Marion Cotillard and earned the beautiful French actress an Oscar for her fearless turn. If handled properly, a Lindblom biopic could have the same effect on Rapace … though between Sherlock Holmes and Prometheus, she might already be a global sensation by the time Hardwicke’s picture makes its way to the screen.