Noomi Rapace Talks ‘Sherlock Holmes 2′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:17 pm,

When Noomi Rapace signed on last month to play the female lead in Guy Ritchie’s sequel, Sherlock Holmes 2, the early rumors had her pegged as playing a French gypsy in the film.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star has confirmed that rumor and opened up a bit about her preparation for the role in the Sherlock Holmes followup, which the Swedish actress indicated will maintain the fun and fast-paced feel of the first film.

Rapace delivered a dramatically intense performance as troubled goth hacker Lisbeth Salander in her native country’s film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. While her role as a gypsy – who Rapace describes as “a traveler [who is] cool [but] a bit crazy” – in Sherlock Holmes 2 will be far less emotionally demanding than her turn in Dragon Tattoo, Rapace is already doing lots of research to make sure her character looks and feels authentic.

Here’s how Rapace is preparing for Sherlock Holmes 2, in her own words:

“I’m doing a lot of research about gypsies. I’m going to Paris to visit some gypsy camps, and I’m going to Transylvania to actually see how they live. Because the gypsies are so poor, they live pretty much the same as they did then, and they keep in the traditions and all of that, so when you go to Transylvania, for example, they live pretty close to the way they lived hundreds of years ago. So I’m listening to gypsy music and I’m learning to sing and dance.”

Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. on the set of 'Sherlock Holmes 2'.

Sherlock Holmes was very much an energetic adventure full of exciting set pieces and humor – largely due to Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as the bromantic duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, respectively.  Rapace has indicated that the sequel will be very much in a similar vein, and though we never really doubted that Sherlock Holmes 2 would be anything else, it’s still nice to know for certain.

The plot of Sherlock Holmes 2 is being kept under wraps for the time being, though we know it will revolve around a battle of wits (and fists, possibly) between Holmes and his arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). We’ll see what else Ritchie has in store for us next year.

Sherlock Holmes 2 arrives in theaters in the U.S. on December 16th, 2011.

Source: Cinematical

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  1. Love Noomi Rapace and love her dedication to the role! I’m really excited to see how the second film turns out. The first one was pretty awesome. I’ll be happy to have Jude Law and RDJ bickering like an old married couple on my screen once more.

  2. Jared Harris isn’t confirmed as Moriarty is he? I really hope not.
    I love Rapace though, although I don’t think I’ll be able to watch her in anything and not think of Lisbeth.

  3. Well good luck to Naomi with going to France to study the gypsies given their continued ouster and rough treatment for being a separate cultural set of values that are conflicting in that society. I am excited to see this film but I also think that a bit of realism might be best to keep this franchise on track. All I have to say is ‘Surprise Me!’ and leave it at that for the sake of hoping for the best…

  4. Je pence que Noomi Rapace Commait une anner de fout non ? Loll

  5. I thought we weren’t using the word “gypsy” anymore….but rather “Roma”. I think “gypsy” is perceived as derogatory.

  6. According to Noomi’s wiki page her father was a Roma (gypsy) from Spain.

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