Last year The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, was released in Europe and became a bit of a phenomenon. It is the highest grossing Swedish film in history and 2009’s highest-grossing film in Europe, so naturally Hollywood took notice and over recent months there has been talk of a remake (despite the original only being released in March, and the two remaining films in the trilogy are yet to be released in the US).
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher is set to direct the remake, and there has been a lot of speculation as to who will play the lead roles. The story revolves around a young woman named Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant computer hacker who has a photographic memory, and a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist who recruits her to find a woman who has been missing for 40 years. With the lack of meaty roles for woman in Hollywood there has been a large amount of interest from actresses such as Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley and recently Oscar-nominated Carrey Mulligan for the role of Lisbeth Salander.
Brad Pitt has apparently been considering the role of Mikael Blomkvist, and given that Fincher directed him in Button it seemed a likely bet, however according to The Wrap Daniel Craig is nearing a deal to take the role. With Bond 23 in limbo due to MGM’s financial trouble it seems Craig isn’t sitting around, but if Craig signs on he is not only committing himself to Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but also its 2 sequels: The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.
Columbia recently set a December 2011 release date for the film (the same month as The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn which also stars Craig), so we can expect the cast to be set over the upcoming months.
In the meantime here’s the trailer for the Swedish version: