9 January 2013 1:20 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Noomi Rapace, the Swedish actress with a scintillating screen presence and cheekbones to die for, first grabbed attention in the U.S. when Niels Arden Oplev's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo hit, preceding David Fincher's hotly anticipated English-language version. Since then Rapace has been popping up in big and bold American movies, from Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows to Ridley Scott's Prometheus. Having scored leading lady roles in both those blockbusters, you might think Rapace has her pick of projects. That may be true, but she's staying loyal by starring in Dead Man Down, the first English-language feature from her Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director. From the look of its first trailer, Dead Man Down seems a pretty straightforward crime thriller. In it, Rapace plays Beatrice, a battered woman who blackmails a man she saw »

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