David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is coming to theaters this December, but eager fans got their first glimpse of the American adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-sellers this week from an unlikely place–youtube. A red-band trailer has surfaced on the internet showcasing Fincher’s vision of the dark (really dark story). Quick edits and a thumping soundtrack (Trent Reznor & Karen O’s cover of The Immigrant Song) quickly tell us this will be no happy-go-lucky Christmas movie. The film has a lot to live up to. The Swedish film company Yellow Bird has already completed a hugely successful trilogy based on these novels, earning Noomi Rapace numerous awards for her portray of Lisbeth Salander. Fincher’s version stars Rooney Mara, and Daniel Craig, and the footage give me hope that this version will do the story justice and keep it just as gritty as the original.
Still, The Hollywood Reporter seems to think something is fishy with this ‘leaked’ footage. Does this cam version seem to perfect to you? Could this be a viral attempt from Sony themself? Your guess is as good as mine. Watch the trailer below and judge for yourself.
Newcomer Rooney Mara (Youth in Revolt, A Nightmare on Elm Street) has landed the coveted role of Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” Box-office names like Natalie Portman, Ellen Page, and Anne Hathaway were whispered about when the project was announced, but Sony and Director David Fincher have chosen a relatively unknown (and rightly so) for the role. Lisbeth Salander is a complex character with a brutal background and a strange personality. This pierced hacker is the kind of role actresses dream of and could skyrocket Mara’s career. It’ll be a challenge. Noomi Rapace has already won awards for her portrayal of Lisbeth. Can Mara do the same?
Stellan Skarsgard is up for the role of Martin Vanger, one of many suspects in a 40-year-old missing persons case. Skarsgard says:
I have met David Fincher, I want to work with him, he wants to work me. I have had a concrete offer and now we are in negotiations. The contract is for the period September to March, but I don’t know yet when I am supposed to start my part of the film. Most of it is to be shot in Stockholm, but some studio work will be done in the U.S. I think there might be some location work there as well, when it becomes too dark to shoot here.
The Swedish actor will be seen in Marvel Studio’s Thor in 2011.
Although there is no word yet on the much coveted role of Lisbeth Salander, Robin Wright is in negotiations to play Erika Berger, publisher of Millenium magazine, and love interest to Daniel Craig’s Mikael Blomkvist. While the role is quite limited in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Berger plays a bigger role in Stieg Larsson’s sequels.
The Swedish film company Yellow Bird as already completed a movie trilogy based on the Stieg Larsson Millenium trilogy. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is available on dvd and blue ray. The Girl Who Played With Fire is now playing in select theaters. These films are superbly cast and excellently done. They’ll be hard for Hollywood to top.