Finally we’ve got a bit of news regarding the titular character for the upcoming Daniel Craig-version of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling book. According to The Daily Beast, director David Fincher has a narrowed down list of four unknowns to play the role of the computer hacker Lisabeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
They are: Two Australians, Sophie Lowe and Sarah Snook, American Rooney Mara and French actress Léa Seydoux. Lowe was most recently seen (or probably not) in an Australian horror film called Road Kill. Snook has appeared in just a single episode of the long-running Australian drama All Saints, and is in an upcoming Australian film called Sleeping Beauty.
American Rooney Mara would appear to have a leg up on the competition as she has a fairly prominent role in Fincher’s The Social Network – due out in October. Finally, Léa Seydoux leads the pack with the most big production experience, having had roles alongside Russell Crowe in Robin Hood and Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds.
If you have read any of the books (they’re all brilliant), you’ll know that Salander is a complicated woman with a violent and complex past. It isn’t until she partners with Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) that she really forms any sort of relationship with another human being beyond casual flings. Salander is a bit of a punk and has a number of piercings and tattoos to go along with her cold attitude.
As the Daily Beast article points out, the stakes are incredibly high for the actress who lands this coveted role. The books have become international best-sellers and the Swedish-language films are very popular and well-received in their own right (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is now the highest grossing Swedish film ever at $100M+). With major studio backing and an A-list actor in Daniel Craig attached, there is giant potential for this to become the next big series.
The books themselves have sold over 40 million copies since they were published (posthumuously for Larsson) in 2005. As such, the story has gained quite a following around the world, and word-of-mouth marketing in strong.
Yours truly recently flew from Las Vegas to Spokane and was in the middle of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. At all three airports (I went through Seattle) and on the planes I received quite a number of comments about the book. Many people had read, or were currently reading the book or the series. There was a lot of enthusiasm about the character, and I think if Fincher can pull together a script that stays faithful, and a cast that can sell it, we’ll have a monster of a movie trilogy on our hands.
What do you think? Have you read any of the books? Is Craig a decent choice for Blomkvist? I love the idea of an unknown for Salander, so we’ll have to see what Fincher settles on.