Swedish actress Noomi Rapace has been chosen to play the female lead in Sherlock Holmes 2, reports Heat Vision. Best known for her role as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest).
Rapace will make her English language debut with the Holmes sequel. Warner is looking to start production later this year. Off the strength of her breakthrough performance in the Swedish-language "Tattoo," Rapace snagged representation with UTA and Magnolia Entertainment. She made a well-publicized trip to LA mid-August, meeting with top producers and directors to discuss making an entry into the American film scene. "Holmes 2" is the first acting gig to come to fruition from those meetings. Though her role is unspecified, Heat Vision suggests that it may be the part of a French Gypsy, a role that doesn't have any immediate parallel in iconic Arthur Conan Doyle characters. Rapace has also been associated with Ridley Scott's Alien Prequels.
The article also makes note that (as heavily suggested by the ending of the original) Professor Moriarty will appear onscreen and that Holmes' older brother, Mycroft will be making an appearance. Though it is an unlikely source for direct adaptation (as it would effectively end the franchise), Doyle's The Final Problem is the only original Holmes novel that includes both characters.