Noomi Rapace reveals details of her role in Ridley Scott's Prometheus

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Dec 15, 2012

We don't know much (yet) about Ridley Scott's new sci-fi epic Prometheus, but we do know it has a killer cast that includes Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace, the Swedish actress who became an international star as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

In a new interview, Rapace took some time to share some details about her character, archeologist Elizabeth Shaw, who she says is "the most complete person I have ever played."

Speaking to the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, Rapace stays away from the plot details of Prometheus, but does say that something happens in the middle of the flick that transforms Shaw from a fragile person into a fighter.

"I play Elizabeth Shaw, researcher and archaeologist. She's British but was raised in Africa because her father was a missionary. From him she learned to believe in God, and she has a strong inner self.

She is the most complete person I have ever played. She has an inner light. She's very stubborn and determined.

She lost her parents when she was a child, so she's been alone from a young age. But she's very intelligent. I know that when one has to survive alone from an early age, one becomes strong.

But also fragile, because the hurt child within her hasn't been able to evolve in a natural way. You get easily hurt emotionally. She's full of hope, a dreamer, a little naive.

Halfway through the movie a lot of things happen and she turns into a fighter. Another part of her comes to life."

What this transformation could be is anybody's guess at this point, but it does draw a parallel between Shaw and Sigourney Weaver's legendary Alien series character Ellen Ripley, who also seemed to become tough as nails out of necessity. While Rapace doesn't say if she'll have her own "Get away from her, you bitch!" moment, she does count Weaver as a major inspiration:

"There is a relationship there. I saw 'Alien' as a teenager and was blown away. Can it really be like that? She was the first female star. With 'Alien' and 'Thelma and Louise', Ridley has created a lot of hope and dreams."

(via Comic Book Movie)

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