David Fincher remakes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Here are five reasons to expect great things from the Fight Club and The Social Network director
Fight Club and The Social Network director David Fincher returns with the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at the end of 2011, starring Rooney Mara. Here are five reasons to expect great things
1: Daniel Craig
With the new James Bond film on hold because of the financial shortfalls at MGM, we haven’t seen enough of this fine actor on our screens of late. As the non-violent, measured and cautious reporter/sleuth Mikael Blomkvist he’ll get to stretch his considerable talents.
2: Steve Zaillian
Adapting the late Swedish writer Stieg Larsson’s much loved crime thriller and Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg’s excellent screenplay for the 2009 Swedish film version would be an intimidating prospect for all but the best. When it comes to big budget long-winded American movie projects, screenwriter Zaillian is the best – he was the man who wrote Schindler’s List and Hannibal.
3: Rooney Mara
Bets have been on for which young American film actress would get the crucial role of Lisbeth Salander. With reports that Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson were in the running the film looked like it may sink under the weight of celebrity endorsement. Then relative unknown Mara came out of nowhere and made everything OK again. You probably saw her lovely face in The Social Network playing Erica Albright. She’s otherworldly enough to carry this off.
4: Stellan Skarsgård
A Swedish tale needs a few token Swedes and there’s none better than Skarsgård, especially when he gets to play aristocrat/posh boy Martin Vanger.
5: David Fincher
Fincher is a hot talent right now. The Social Network was a critical and popular phenomenon and was a distillation of all Fincher’s greatest talents for storytelling and social comment. This will be one remake worth checking out.