Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace Take 'Dead Man Down'

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace managed to land roles in several upcoming high-profile Hollywood release, thanks to her well-received turn as Lisbeth Salander in director Niels Arden Oplev's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie adaptation. Now Rapace and Oplev are set to reunite on another Neo-Noir/crime thriller, titled Dead Man Down.

Colin Farrell is co-headlining the project, which was scripted by Fringe co-showrunner and executive producer writer J.H. Wyman. The $30 million film will be financed by IM Global (Insidious) and produced by Neal H. Moritz (the Fast and the Furious franchise).

Here is an official description of Dead Man Down:

Following the cinematic phenomenon The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, director Oplev and leading lady Rapace reunite for another thrilling tale of vengeance, with Colin Farrell joining the prestigious team as Victor, right hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City who is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Rapace), a crime victim seeking retribution. Their intense chemistry leads them spiraling into payback delivered in violent catharsis.

In addition to Dead Man Down, Farrell will be headlining the (surprisingly) decent-looking Total Recall redo next year; additionally, he is set to reunite with In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh on the upcoming dark comedy Seven Psychopaths. Given how complex criminal character roles seem to fit Farrell like a glove (see: his role in London Boulevard for further proof of that), his being onboard for Oplev's new film sounds quite promising.

Rapace, by comparison, will be doing quite well (career-wise) over the upcoming twelve months - what with her re-teaming with Oplev on Dead Man Down, co-starring in this winter's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and playing the female lead in Ridley Scott's new sci-fi creation, Prometheus, in Summer 2012. The prospect of Rapace playing a straight-up femme fatale with vengeance on the mind in Oplev's new project likewise reads as being a very good thing.

Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Noomi Rapace in 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

Oplev's filmography to date is largely composed of television shows and mini-series; even his Girl With the Dragon Tattoo adaptation was technically a glorified cable movie production which was granted a worldwide theatrical release. Despite that, Oplev has still managed to craft some darkly atmospheric and effective thrillers to - so by logic, he should deliver something truly cinematic and engaging with Dead Man Down, now that he has a full-blown studio production budget to work with.


Dead Man Down is expected to begin principal photography in early 2012. We will keep you posted on the status of the project, including when it snags an official release date.

Source: IM Global

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