Noomi Rapace to star in new film called ‘Close’

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace continues to dominate British film, with her latest film Close to be on the market at the Cannes Film Festival.

Rapace became internationally famous following her leading role as Lisbeth Salander in the Millennium series, and since then has been in major films around the globe.

Close is an action thriller (the genre Rapace seems to be working a lot in) and follows a female bodyguard and counter-terrorism expert who is assigned the job of protecting a young, rich heiress in Bangkok. Rapace’s character is used to working in war zones, and having to babysit a rich kid proves to be a struggle. However, when a violent attempted kidnapping forces the two to go on the run, accused of murder themselves, they have to find a way to hunt down the attackers.

The film is written and directed by British filmmaker Vicky Jewson and is based on the real-life experiences of Jacquieline Davis, one of the world’s leading female bodyguards whose clients include J.K Rowling and Liza Minnelli. Davis is a consultant to the film.

“I am driven by telling the stories of strong, real female protagonists, and built the script after meeting Jacquie,” said Jewson to Variety. “She has had a fascinating career in a male-dominated profession and shared so many experiences with me. With her on board as a consultant, the action will be as realistic as possible.”

Close will shoot in Asia and the UK from June. WestEnd Films will take the film to Cannes.

Pictured: Rapace in Unlocked


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.