Friday, June 04, 2010

Daniel Craig in Talks to Star in English-Language Film Adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
More information about the book

It's somewhat amusing to read Alex Billingham writing on this morning that no less than three sources are claiming "exclusively" that Daniel Craig is in talks to assume the lead role of Mikael Blomkvist in the English-language film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson to be directed by David Fincher. Even more surprising is Billingham's professed amazement that there's any interest outside of Hollywood in this project; maybe he doesn't realize the book is a worldwide phenomenon that has won countless awards and that people who actually read books may also be interested in films.

Earlier this year we posted the trailer for the Swedish-language film based on the book.

About The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (from the publisher): A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue.

It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden ... and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance ... and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it—who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism—and an unexpected connection between themselves.

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