Daniel Craig Starring in Fincher's Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
by Alex Billington
June 3, 2010
More interesting casting news to report tonight. The Wrap, Deadline, and even EW.com, are all exclusively reporting that Daniel Craig has been cast as the lead in the David Fincher directed remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which is coming up next for Fincher after he finished The Social Network. But, as always: "Nothing's set, but I hear they're talking." You may remember hearing about this remake before, as its sort of the hot thing in Hollywood right now, even though we don't actually know who is playing the lead girl yet (since it sounds like Carey Mulligan, who was the top contender, has moved on to other roles).
The way this project is coming together is a bit odd. There's buzz inside of Hollywood, but not outside of it, at all. The Wrap even says that "one of the biggest roles in Hollywood is about to be taken off the table." Uh, really? I'm pretty sure barely anyone reading this even knows much about it nor are they even interested yet, unless you're from Sweden and/or read the books/seen the Swedish films. I'm not trying to say anything bad about this series, I'm just kind of amazed that it's such a hot project without much general interest. Anyway, apparently Brad Pitt was interested in the same role as Craig, but Sony is denying all of this (obviously).
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the first in a very popular series called the Millennium trilogy, is about a computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander recruited by a journalist to find a woman who has been missing for 40 years. Craig will play the role of a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist who is looking for the missing woman, Harriet Vanger. You can watch the trailer for the Swedish adaptation online right here. Obviously with a project that's drawing talent like this, we'll certainly keep you updated. And if you are interested in this, please make yourself known, so I know that some readers here are looking forward to this! Anyone?