Noomi Rapace will play all seven title roles in Seven Sisters, an upcoming sci-fi movie which imagines a future where the real-world one-child policy is taken to far more dystopian and murderous extremes. The movie is set on a overpopulated Earth in the year 2073, and the global government introduces a one-child policy in order to tamp down population growth.
However, one man decides to break the rules. “Confronted with the birth of seven twins,” reads the movie synopsis, “Terrence Settman (Willem Dafoe) decides to keep the existence of his 7 granddaughters secret. Confined to their apartment, each day they will have to share a unique identity outside, simulating the existence of one person: Karen Settman (Noomi Rapace).” When one of the sisters, Monday, disappears, the others must figure out what happened to her before the government discovers their secret.
(According to /Film, Seven Sisters was originally called What Happened to Monday? – and I agree with their writer Jack Giroux that this would’ve made a way cooler title.)
Now, considering this movie was based on a real-life policy which primarily affected Chinese women, I’d have liked to see the creative team imagine a less white future – especially given how this movie sensationalizes the one-child policy. (You don’t get to write a plot inspired by the lives of people of color and then erase POC from the movie. Come on, now.) However, I’m still relatively excited to see Rapace show off her acting chops as seven different characters. One of the many great pleasures of Orphan Black is watching Tatiana Maslany transform herself from Sarah to Cosima to Helena and more, and Rapace is a talented actress. If she gets to transform herself similarly, I’ll probably want to watch this one. However, this trailer doesn’t really flaunt that element of the movie, so I’ll hold out until I see some more footage.
But what did you think? Is your interest piqued?
Seven Sisters was written by Kerry Williamson (Alex Cross) and will be directed by Tommy Wrikola, who previously directed Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Dead Snow. It opens in France on August 23, and will premiere on U.S. Netflix accounts on a yet-to-be-announced date.
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