As a person who has only recently (read: over the weekend) come to enjoy the exquisite brilliance that is Noomi Rapace in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the almost simultaneous news that she landed her first English-speaking role filled me with glee. The Swedish star of the Stieg Larsson Millennium Trilogy will play the female lead in Sherlock Holmes 2, opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
Now, first things first: Yay, Noomi! The Sherlock Holmes role is a high-profile role in a franchise that grossed more than $500 million for its first outing. But then another part of me is a little, why just female lead? Why not lead lead? Don’t get me wrong, this is a big deal for Noomi’s career. But the female lead in a male franchise is just that. I mean, no one calls Iron Man a Gwyneth Paltrow franchise.
Noomi has more than proven her ability to sustain a franchise. She is a magnetic Lisbeth Salander. And I am sure she will be an equally magnetic “French gypsy,” as her role in Sherlock Holmes 2 has been described.
So what do you think? Good career move? Excited to see her go elementary with dear Watson and, of course, Holmes?