The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: US Version – Discussion

17 Aug

So this is probably a really, really off topic post and one that wouldn’t be expected but part of the point of this blog is that I can talk about what I want to or write about what I think is interesting. This post is a discussion about the US remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I check IMDb every day and on the homepage I found some new stills for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Before I begin pointing out the stuff that sparked this post I want to say that I love the Millennium series. I’ve read all three books and seen all three movies and I love reading Scandinavian crime fiction (Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Camilla Lackberg). It’s not the only thing that I read but I’m not going to lie, I really enjoy it. The books were superb, gritty and damn well written novels. There was a lot of depth to his story that you don’t see in a lot of crime fiction. The films weren’t as good apart from the first which was a fine thriller. The next two weren’t nearly as good but still enjoyable.


David Fincher decided to take the movie into his hands and is currently in post-production looking at a December 26th release date at this point. I’ll say that it’s in good hands, Fincher is a very good director but I’m not sure about a lot of other things. After a lot of casting rumours including Natalie Portman,  Scarlett Johanson, Emma Watson, Keira Knightley and many more, Rooney Mara landed the coveted role of Lisbeth Salander. She has a lot to live up to, Noomi Rapace was phenomenal and has a good future ahead of her and I would even go as fart to say that Oscar can be word you can use about her. It’s too early to judge how Mara will do because she hasn’t done very much. The only role I’ve  seen her in is The Social Network (also directed by Fincher) where she played Jesse Eisenberg’s ex in the mind-blowing first scene.

After seeing the pictures I don’t know whether I would’ve picked her but like I said I don’t think that anyone can judge yet. There must be a reason that he chose her however. She must be very good to work with if Fincher banked this prized and important role on someone who has only done five features, none of which with a very big role.

Niels Arden Oplev who directed the original version as already expressed anger about the need for a US remake. That’s probably what annoys me the most. Why do they feel the need to make a new movie of an already fantastic original that was only released a year prior to it in the US. Box Office. That’s the only reason, let’s face it, these books are a very successful franchise and they’re just milking it further. It’s Let Me In all over again.

Daniel Craig has been chosen over people like Brad Pitt and George Clooney for Mikael Blomkivst. This was a perfect casting choice. Perfect. Craig does action well and when I first read the book I pictured Daniel Craig being Blomkvist.

My last point is whether they’ll tone it down too much. The point of the books is that there is no stopping or holding back. It’s full on, it’s harsh and gritty. Yes, Fincher has previously done violence but it almost feels like it has to be an R in America at the least (15 in the UK, MA in Australia) because it has to get to a lot of people. Craig said to Esquire magazine this month that he saw some of it and was shocked about how much they’re including but I’ll have to wait and see. I don’t think they toned it down with the poster though.

Maybe this movie will be great but I don’t see the need for it. I think that there’s a lot to question about it if you love the series like me. As far as Oscars, there’s nomination potential for Fincher especially as he didn’t win last year, but until I see it, I’m not convinced that it will be a massive hit. I do love the tagline for it though. I will definitely see this because the trailer does make it look like a good thriller and all my points are just speculation which could all be shattered.

What do you think?

2 Responses to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: US Version – Discussion”

  1. AnnaP August 17, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Cultured Lad, I am not sure I entirely agree that Daniel Craig is a perfect casting choice. Do you not find him rather dull? Kind of actor that appeals to the middle aged mum brigade (or young boys who dream of the “Bond – James Bond” type of line). I also thought the rumours around Emma W were just that – rumours. There is no way that they would have cast her for that role. Natalie P perhaps but Emma W was not really ever going to happen. Like you though, I am looking forward to this and despite not being as avid a fan of this genre as perhaps you are. Gracias.

    • aculturedlad August 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      Thanks for the comment!

      Really? Sure, I’ve never really liked any of his movies and I’ll say it now, I don’t really like James Bond. However, I honestly can’t picture anyone else in my head that could play Blomkvist better. I think his look is perfect, his tone and generally everything about him!

      Oh yeah, I totally agree that they were rumours! Emma Watson!? No way! 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 all considered for the role (according to the trivia section on the movie page for IMDb) but half of those can’t be true.

      Apparently, Natalie Portman turned it down due to her exhaustion from Black Swan and she wanted to take a break. She could’ve done it really well though. I too look forward to it! Come December I’ll review it!

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