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Twilight director to film Swedish 1960s’ singer-boxer romance


Twilight director to film Swedish 1960s’ singer-boxer romance

After Red Riding Hood, US director Catherine Hardwicke, of Twilight fame, will film the 1960s whirlwind romance of Swedish legendary singer Anita Lindblom and hard-hitting boxer Bosse Högberg, with Millennium star Noomi Rapace and husband Ola Rapace playing the leads.

The Rapace couple most recently performed together in Swedish actress-director Pernilla August’s Beyond [+see also:
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; Mrs Rapace will shortly be seen in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

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When Top of the Pops singer Lindblom met boxing champion Högberg in 1966, their turbulent love affair and subsequent short-lived marriage became immediate tabloid food for the Swedish press.

Her 1961 cover version of Roy Hamilton’s You Can Have HerSånt är livet – became Sweden’s Hit of the Millennium; he slugged his way both to Swedish and a European championship.

”The film will throw us back into Swedish celebrity culture of the 1960s, where the name is more important than the person,” explained Hardwicke, who ”immediately fell in love with the script”.

”It is a true story about the wild, charismatic boxer and the glamorous pop diva, who shared an insatiable thirst for fame, and the Rapaces are perfect for the parts – Ola has trained at boxing for four years to be fit for it.”

Scripted by Peter Birro, the yet untitled feature will be produced by Helena Danielsson, of Hepp Film – who also signed Beyond – with her colleague Maria Dahlin and Garagefilm International’s Malte Forsell.

They will stage Bosse & Anita in collaboration with Lone Korslund, of Nordisk Film, and Fredrik Malmberg, Gudrun Giddings, of Paradox Entertainment. Shooting will start in autumn and Nordisk will release the film during winter 2012.

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