Netflix has picked up Close, a female-led action-thriller headed up by Bright and Prometheus actress Noomi Rapace. WestEnd Films developed Close under its WeLove banner, which aims at producing and promoting female-centered projects. Close also stars Sophie Nelisse (The Book Thief), Eoin Macken (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter) and Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand on Game of Thrones).
In Close, Noomi Rapace is a counter-intelligence expert who takes a job guarding a bratty young heiress (Nelisse). The two clash at first, but later bond after a foiled kidnapping attempt. Together they must figure out who is responsible for the plot against them. And of course get revenge. Rapace's character was inspired by real-life bodyguard Jacquie Davis, who acted as a consultant on the film.
As reported by Variety, Netflix has picked up Close for a multi-territory release including the United States, UK and Australia. Vicky Jewson (Born of War) directed and also wrote the script together with prior collaborator Rupert Whitaker. Jason Newmark (Alien Outpost) joined with Jewson and Whitaker in producing.
With Close, Noomi Rapace continues building her resume as Netflix's go-to female action star. Last year Rapace played seven roles in the streamer's sci-fi offering What Happened to Monday, about identical septuplets hiding out in a dystopian world that restricts family size. Later in the year, Rapace played the very bad elf Leilah in Netflix's sci-fi/cop movie mash-up Bright. Rapace of course first came to international attention as Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Rapace reprised the Salander role in two Dragon Tattoo sequels. She later went on to play Elizabeth Shaw in Ridley Scott's Alien reboot Prometheus, reprising the role (briefly) for the sequel Alien: Covenant. Rapace will also soon star as Maria Callas in Niki Caro's biopic of the famed opera diva.
With Netflix becoming more-and-more involved in the feature film game, much debate has ensued about the actual quality of the streaming service's offerings. Thanks to recent critical flops like Mute and The Cloverfield Paradox, the streamer has looked like somewhat of a dumping ground for films deemed unworthy of a theatrical release. Does Netflix truly wish to support good filmmaking? Or do they just seek to acquire as much content as possible in order to keep subscribers coming back? It remains to be seen if Close helps raise Netflix's level of prestige, or merely perpetuates the perception that the streamer has become a landing spot for duds. Netflix has yet to announce a release date for Close.