She was the original “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” the reason the Swedish films became a worldwide phenomenon. Hollywood came calling, with decidedly mixed results. A “Sherlock Holmes” sequel, an “Alien” prequel. English? Not her first language. Plainly.
But with “The Drop” Noomi Rapace has an English language film that makes great use of her talents and she has the English to make the performance natural. Tom Hardy stars as a seemingly simple Brooklyn bartender caught up in the scheming of Chechen mobsters, an embittered bar boss (James Gandolfini) and some fellows who robbed the bar of its “drop” money from assorted pimps, bookies, etc.
And Noomi is the touchy, damaged woman, Nadia, who had a battered pit bull dumped in her trash can by an abusive ex-beau. Hardy’s bartender takes in the dog and in Nadia.
It’s based on a Dennis Lehane story, and I’m talking with him as well.
Questions for Noomi?