Noomi Rapace to play seven sisters in Wirkola’s What Happened to Monday?
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Tommy Wirkola will shoot his Rapace and Glenn Close starrer on location and at the Castel Studios in Romania this summer
Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola, who most recently signed the award-winning action-horror-comedy Dead Snow: Red vs Dead [+see also:
film profile] (2014), will add sci-fi to his genres in What Happened to Monday?, which will shoot this summer with Swedish actress Noomi Rapace and US actress Glenn Close in the leads.
The Max Botkin-Kerry Williamson screenplay was originally announced for Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game [+see also:
film profile], 2014) to direct, but two years ago it was passed on to Wirkola, whose Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters [+see also:
film profile] (2013) grossed €224 million worldwide.
Financed by France’s SND-Groupe M6, and produced by Philippe Rousselet’s Vendôme Pictures with Raffaella De Laurentiis’s Seven Siblings, What Happened to Monday? will start principal photography on location and at Castel Film Studios in Romania in mid-July. The premiere is scheduled for 2015.
Set in the not-so-distant feature, when the Chinese one-child policy has been implemented by many governments, forced by famine and overpopulation, Rapace plays seven identical sisters living a hide-and-seek existence as they are pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau.
Named after the days of the week, but having assumed the identity of one person, the sisters live in the prison of their own apartment, and they only go outside once a week, according to a rota. It seems to be going well until Monday does not come home.
Launched at the Film Market at the Cannes International Film Festival by SND International Sales, and supported by the presence of Wirkola and Rapace, the film was licensed to Splendid for Germany/Austria, Sun Distribution for Latin America and Sahamongkol Film International for Thailand/Malaysia.