Cast & Credits:
Release Date: December 21, 2011
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: David Fincher
Screenwriter: Steven Zaillian
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Yorick van Wageningen, Joely Richardson
Genre: Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language)
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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is the first film in Columbia Pictures' three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's literary blockbuster "The Millennium Trilogy." Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon. The screenplay is by Steven Zaillian.
Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page, Kristen Stewart, Natalie Portman, Mia Wasikowska, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Olivia Thirlby, Emily Browning Eva Green, Scarlett Johansson, Sophie Lowe, Sarah Snook, Léa Seydoux, Emma Watson, Evan Rachel Wood, and Katie Jarvis were among the actresses considered for the lead role. (Some actresses turned down the role; others were rejected by filmmakers and the studio) Ultimately, Rooney Mara won the coveted role of Lisbeth Salander.
Johnny Depp, Viggo Mortensen, Brad Pitt and George Clooney were considered for the lead male role.
Daniel Craig originally turned down the role of Mikael Blomkvist due to possible conflicts with the next James Bond film Skyfall. After production of the film was suspended Craig's schedule freed up and retook the role.
Stellan Skarsgård, who is Swedish, appears in this remake but ironically not the Swedish-language original.
Noomi Rapace's performance as Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish version of Män som hatar kvinnor was so well received, a campaign to have her reprise the role in the English language version gained wide attention in the media, championed by legendary film critic Roger Ebert, among others. Ultimately Repace declined to reprise the role, saying that after playing the character for three years (during the filming of the original film and its sequels), she couldn't play the role again in the same stories.
While filming a scene in a diner, cast and crew were surprised to find out that Ellen Nyqvist, daughter of Michael Nyqvist, the first actor to play Mikael Blomkvist, was working there as a waitress while attending school. Upon finding out, they wrote in a few extra lines for her, allowing her to interact with her father's successor, Daniel Craig.
Max von Sydow, a genuine Swede, was the original choice to play Henrik Vanger, but had to bow out and was replaced by Christopher Plummer.
When the casting process started, the role was originally offered to Natalie Portman but she declined due to exhaustion. Scarlett Johansson was also considered but David Fincher considered her too sexy. Jennifer Lawrence was considered too, but she was rejected because she was too tall. Finally, Rooney Mara was cast.
Jeff Cronenweth replaced original cinematographer Fredrik Bäckar after eight weeks.
The movie was shot in Sweden during one of the coldest winters in over 20 years.
Two of the movie's taglines: "Evil shall with evil be expelled" and "What is hidden in snow, comes forth in the thaw" are Swedish proverbs. Stellan Skarsgård, himself a swede, told them to David Fincher during filming. Fincher liked them and thought they fitted the story and setting well, so he made them taglines for the movie.
In September 2011, a trailer for The Muppets was released that was a spoof of the teaser trailer of this movie.
The piercings (including multiple ear, eyebrow, and nipple piercings) that Rooney Mara sports as Lisbeth Salander are real, not cosmetic simulations. Mara got the piercings in a series of sessions in Brooklyn and Sweden.
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|Author: Stieg Larsson|
Creator: Reg Keeland
Feature: the girl who played with fire mystery books thriller
Label: Vintage Crime / Black Lizard
Manufacturer: Vintage Crime / Black Lizard
Publisher: Vintage Crime / Black Lizard
Studio: Vintage Crime / Black Lizard
Title: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy)
An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel. Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
Amazon Best of the Month, September 2008: Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. --Dave Callanan