Aggressive Scandinavian distributor Noble Entertainment has taken Scandinavian rights for Rob Marshall's Nine from The Weinstein Company.

The film, currently shooting in London and Rome, opens in the US in December, and the Swedish release will follow in January or February 2010. The cast includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.

Meanwhile, Noble has picked up Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables, starring Stallone, Mickey Rourke and Forest Whitaker from Nu Image. The film is due to start shooting this month on location in South America.

'Nine and The Expendables are exactly in line with where Noble is heading and represent our growing appetite. Our plan is to become the biggest independent distributor in Scandinavia,' commented Per Samuelson, founder/CEO of Noble Entertainment.

As its ramps up its release plans, Noble has also acquired Pascal Laugier's remake of Hellraiser from TWC and the Steven Soderbergh-produced Solitary Man from Nu Image.

Noble has previously released such titles as 1408, Rambo, Righteous Kill and Elegy.

Noble Entertainment and partners consist of Noble Entertainment in Sweden, Star Media in Norway, Future Film in Finland and Mis Label in Denmark.