The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009, Sweden)

oplev_girlwithdragontattooI had hoped—and I admit this was a futile hope—that Hollywood might decide not to redo The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movies based on Stieg Larsson's very fine novels.

After all, the Swedish movies based on these novels have set a high standard already. I can't imagine any actress bringing as much depth and nuance to the role of goth, girl hacker Lisbeth Salander as Noomi Rapace. This Swedish actress is just one reason why the movies based on Larsson's novels have been so good. The third Swedish movie, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest, is set to be released in December 2010.

The other reason is Michael Nyqvist, as journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Nyqvist has brought a thoughtful approach to this role.

But it appears that Hollywood is bound and determined to remake the movies with "known" actors.

But maybe I will be all right with who will be cast as Mikael Blomkvist.

That would be British actor Daniel Craig. Yep, the newest James Bond. 007. License to thrill.

craig_danielI think I could live with Daniel Craig in this role. Actually, I can live with Daniel Craig in just about any role.

And director David Fincher also is an inspired choice. The director of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button also has shown he gets dark themes with his movies Zodiac, Panic Room, Fight Club and Seven. Fincher's version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is being planned for December 2011.

While Daniel Craig will no doubt do just fine in the remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I don't have as high hopes for the actresses who are being considered: Ellen Page, Mia Wasikowska, Emily Browning, Sara Snook, Rooney Mara and Sophie Lowe. Fine actress, but no Noomi Rapace.

The latest word indicates the producers are leaning toward an unknown actress, which would probably be the best choice of all.

UPDATE: Since this article was originally published in July 2010 at the MS Blog, actor Rooney Mara has been chose to play Lisbeth Salander in the US version slated for 2011.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Rated R; run time 152 minutes. In Swedish with English subtitles.

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