When I heard about a forthcoming American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (long story short: it’s the first book of a best-selling Swedish mystery thriller trilogy, which made it to the silver screen already, but is now being redone for idiots who don’t understand subtitles in films), I expected it to be filmed in, y’know, Seattle or something. Pennsylvania. Anywhere but Sweden.
Anyway, so I was pretty jazzed to read that the film is actually going to be filmed in Sweden (which, among other things, is where my dad’s side of the family hails from).
Entertainment Weekly confirms that Craig, 42, has signed to play the lead in the American adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling mystery novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, to be released Dec. 21, 2011, and followed by two other movies based on Larsson’s Millennium trilogy.
Filming will take place in Sweden, David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) will direct, and Scott Rudin will produce. So far, no one has been cast in the role of Lisbeth Salander, though Ellen Page, Mia Wasikowska and Rooney Mara have been mentioned.
This might just be me, but I think they should just cast Noomi Rapace. She already knows the part!
And since we’re talking about Steig Larsson’s books making it to the silver screen, let me jump back in time one week, to last Monday, when I was lucky enough to be accompanied by the Suicide_Blond to the E Street Cinema to see the adaptation of the second book in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire.
Here’s a quick review: while The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was filmed for the Silver Screen, the two other books were adapted as TV miniseries, and this was particularly evident in the graininess of the picture at E Street. It’s been well over a year since I read the book, so I’m not entirely sure what never made it into the film, except to say that while they kept the major plot points of the book, a considerable amount is left out. Beyond the image itself, the presentation of subtitles was disappointing: too often, the subtitles were lost into the images of the film.
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest opens in the US this October.
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