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Swedish star introduces herself to US in 'Sherlock'

December 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
While the primary characters all returned for the "Sherlock" sequel, there's one face in the film that's new to many people in the U.S.

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace is no stranger to fans of foreign films, and saddling up beside the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law Is a great way for an actress to introduce herself to American audiences.

Rapace has an international fan following, thanks to her starring role in the trilogy of Swedish films from author Stieg Larrssen's books, "The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo," "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest."

Those films more than prepared her for the mysterious and action-filled role of Madam Simza in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows."

"I love doing fight scenes ... but it's not about that," she said.

Rapace said she does her own fight scenes because she wants the movie to be more credible and realistic.

"I know that if I can do it, she can do it," she said.

Rapace continues to conquer the American big screen with "Prometheus" for director Ridley Scott, written by Damon Lindelof and co-starring Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Patrick Wilson and Idris Elba.

The out-of-this-world adventure is in theaters next summer.

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