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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Noomi Rapace to Play Mossad Agent in Vicky Jewson's Action Drama SYLVIA

Noomi Rapace to Play Mossad Agent in Vicky Jewson's Action Drama SYLVIA

"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" star Noomi Rapace is set to reunite with "Close" helmer Vicky Jewson for the action drama "Sylvia". The project is being developed in collaboration with WestEnd Films, specifically its female-centric brand WeLove. The London-based international sales and film financing company will handle negotiations with buyers at Cannes.

Rapace will play South African-born Sylvia Rafael, Mossad's most famous female agent, who was noted for her intelligence work in locating Ali Hassan Salameh, the leader of Palestine's Black September organization and the man responsible for the terrorist attack that claimed the life of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

The mission, however, led to her involvement in the infamous Lillehammer affair in 1973, in which an innocent Moroccan waiter was mistakenly identified as Salameh and killed by Rafael's team. She was convicted of murder in Norway and sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison. She was released after serving 15 months and deported from Norway. She died in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2005 at age 67, from leukemia. A square named after her was built in the Israeli town of Migdal.

The screenplay is being written by Jewson and "Close" co-writer Rupert Whitaker based on the book "Sylvia Rafael: The Life and Death of a Mossad Spy" by Ram Oren and Moti Kfir. Kfir was a former Mossad agent who trained Rafael.

Here is what Jewson said about the film:
"What is so enticing about this project is the opportunity to tell the true story of an extraordinary woman, who sacrificed a huge part of her life for a country that was not originally her own.

I am keen to explore the unique personality of someone who put their life at risk on a daily basis and lived under a permanent dual identity, searching beyond the often glamorously perceived title of ‘spy’ to the gritty reality of this life and what drove her"
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