Well that didn't take long. While David Fincher preps his English-language adaption of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the star of the original Swedish versions, Noomi Rapace, is taking Hollywood by storm. Rapace, who's already popped up on some very early Oscar-watch lists for her portrayal as Lisbeth Salandar, has been rumored to be negotiating a number of roles -- most recently she was said to be in talks to play Gretel opposite Jeremy Renner's Hansel in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Now, though, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Rapace has officially landed her first high-profile role in a straight-up Hollywood blockbuster opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes 2. The plot is being kept under wraps for now, but we know Holmes and Watson will be squaring off against their arch-nemesis Moriarty, and that Rapace will play the lead female, though she won't be replacing Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler (THR does not mention whether or not McAdams is returning). Instead, THR claims Rapace may be playing some type of French Gypsy. Guy Ritchie will also be returning as director (making this the first sequel he's worked on), and other new characters to be introduced include Holmes' brother Mycroft.
Sherlock Holmes 2 is due out on December 16th, 2011, and production -- which will take the iconic duo on a European adventure throughout France and Switzerland -- is scheduled to begin soon. Still no word on whether the sequel will arrive in 3D, though it's pretty much a given at this point.
What do you think of Noomi Rapace? Is she ready for a big, Hollywood-ized role like this one?