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'Prometheus' Star Slides Next to Tom Hardy for 'Animal Rescue'

All Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy did last summer was subject movie fans to unforgettable performances in two incredibly hyped up blockbusters, Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises respectively.  The pair may find themselves lined up for similar success, only this time on the same screen for Dennis Lehane's next story turned feature film Animal Rescue, Deadline reported.

Fox Searchlight added Hardy last month to portray a bartender with a bad past, who takes in an abused pit bull only to find himself on the previous criminal owner's naughty list shortly after.  Rapace, who's reportedly in negotiations now, will slide next to Hardy as the female lead of this action drama.  Sadly, we're not sure what role Rapace is slated for.  

Producers recently decided to move the setting of this project from Boston to New York, undoing the tradition of Lehane scripts taking place in the home of Red Sox nation.  Adding Rapace to the cast list for Michael R. Rosmkam's film will be the next step on the fast track to begin shooting in March, and an early Christmas present for those of us who want to see this movie.  

Believe or not, Animal Rescue will be the first script Lehane adapts for the big screen himself.  Whether this film shares the same box-office and award season victories as other Lehane movie adaptations (Mystic River, Shutter Island) remains to be seen, though choosing Hardy and Rapace is a fine way to start.

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