Django star Noomi Rapace reveals she’s been ‘prepping’ to star in a Western since childhood

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27 Feb 2023, 14:35

(L-R) Noomi Rapace, Noomi in Django

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Swedish actress Noomi Rapace felt more than prepared to star in upcoming Western drama, Django. 

The Sky Original, loosely based on Sergio Corbucci’s cult classic film of the same now, is a re-imagining of the 1960’s spaghetti Western, directed by Francesca Comencini.

Django follows the mysterious titular character, who arrives in New Babylon, where all outcasts are welcome, with the aim of making everyone free and equal. Django discovers his long-lost daughter is living in the town, and does everything in his power to get a second chance with her, while also helping to defend New Babylon from Elizabeth Thurman.

Noomi stars as Elizabeth, the God-fearing Lady of Elmdale, who sets about destroying New Babylon, which he sees as a city of sinners. 

Like most other Westerns, sweeping vistas and desolate landscapes act as the backdrop to the gun-slinging conflict, and of course, plenty of horseback riding. 

Speaking to and other press ahead of the launch of Django, Noomi revealed she was thrilled to have her dream of being in a Western finally come true, mainly because she’s been training for her big on-screen horse riding scenes since childhood. 

Noomi shared: “I grew up on a horse but like on an Icelandic horse, he was my best friend. He was basically my best friend. I grew up on a farm, I had no friends, and I always wanted to do a Western. So I've been prepping since I was four, but on small Icelandic ponies. 

“I've been around horses as long as I can remember. So that was not too hard. But to actually act on a horse…because the horse is not… it never does what you want it to do.”

Co-star Nicholas Pinnock, who plays New Babylon founder and Elizabeth’s nemesis John Ellis, also felt comfortable using his horse riding experience when starring in a Western for the first time, so much so, that it was almost a requirement.

“I've been riding for about 10 years now,” the Top Boy star said. “I absolutely loved it. Give me a show, give me any projects and tell me there's a horse, and I'll do it. If I'm on a project and you tell me I can go and ride horses. I'll leave the project and go and ride a horse. I'm just a horse man.”

Django also stars Rust and Bone star Matthias Schoenaerts and Lisa Vicari as Django’s daughter Sarah.

Django airs on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW from March 1st with two episodes dropping weekly.