Daniel Craig in Talks to Star in David Fincher’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

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Daniel Craig is in talks to play “Mikael Blomkvist”, the leading male role in David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s crime novel The Girl with the Dragon TattooEW, Deadline, and The Wrap are all “exclusively” reporting the news, but each has the negotiation at a different stage.  EW says Sony has begun talks with Craig, Deadline simply says the sides are talking, and TheWrap says Sony and Craig are nearing a deal.  Whatever the current situation, it appears that Craig has edged out Brad Pitt, who was rumored to have the part.

Hit the jump to learn more about the book along with more details of Craig’s potential casting.

girl_with_dragon_tattoo_book_coverFor those who aren’t familiar with the book, Dragon Tattoo centers on journalist Mikael Blomkvist who recruits autistic computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to find a missing woman.  A variety of actresses, including Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Natalie Portman have expressed interest in playing Salander.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first part of a trilogy, and presumably Craig would sign for all three pictures, just as Fincher has already done.  Since James Bond remains in stasis until the MGM fiasco gets worked out, I guess he’s got room in his schedule.  Craig has a big 2011 coming up with Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens, Jim Sheridan’s Dream House, and Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.  Oh, and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is slated to hit theaters in December 2011.  Keep in mind that Craig’s last film was 2008′s Defiance, and since he’s a great actor, I’m happy to see him in plenty of movies (and I’d like to see him do at least one more Bond film before he ages out of the role).




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  • Findlay

    Really Matt Goldberg? Craig “edged out,” Brad Pitt? Last time I checked Fincher and Pitt were very close pals (Benjamin Button, Seven, etc), and Pitt being Pitt – one of the biggest movie stars in the world and all, my guess is, if he had wanted the part, he'd have it. Since you admit to Pitt's involvement being 'only a RUMOR,' ANYWAY, and since Pitt is scheduled to start filming 'Moneyball,' in July, you might want to lay off the ignorant presumptions that Pitt got “edged out.”

  • stoner

    Findlay , are you Brad Pitt? LOL IMO, I don't want to see Pitt in movies anymore. he should do more photo-ops with his kids and stop making movies all together. I don't think he's believable any longer. not that he ever really was believable in the first place but He used to be a so/so actor given the right roles and now I can't see him as anyone other than that guy always on the tabloid covers and that guy carrying about ten kids.

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  • Fresh888

    I completely agree with Findlay. What a pompous statement. Brad Pitt would not be “edged” out by anyone in Hollywood. If he wanted it, he would have got it. Doubt he wanted to sign on for a trilogy–he likes a lot variety in his career.

  • Whodunit?

    To Stoner: Maybe you should grow up and stop reading tabloids. Just because you dont want to see anymore Pitt movies doesn't mean everyone else does. His last 2 movies made over 300 million each—so I think he still has a pretty big audience out there, so I dont think he really needs you on his side.

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    Shit, why are all these SPAM comments suddenly showing up here?

    I gotta say, Craig suits the character fine but Brad Pitt + Fincher = Always a huge success in my book.

    If Keira Knightly gets the part os Salander I will be furious. She does not match the character in the SLIGHTEST. Portman, maybe (she'd have to lose weight again, like she did with V) but my favorite choice so far is Carey Mulligan, who would be picture perfect.

  • NightAvatar

    Darn it I hate typos. That's supposed to read “part AS Salander” not “part os Salander.”

  • Morse_robert

    It's hard to believe that Hollywood's going to top the original Swedish movie!

  • hfgiii

    Exactly

  • CalgaryGal38

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with the original movie. It was absolutely fantastic with amazing actors/actresses. Of course America has to attempt (and I use that word very, very loosely) to one-up them. God forbid Americans should have to actually READ subtitles and appreciate taking in a movie of a different language and culture. “Omigawd…that's too hard… I have to READ for 2 hrs???” Gotta 'Americanize' everything…

    I absolutely adore Daniel Craig, but I just get so angry when the US does stupid s**t like this by re-making an already fantastic movie. Why??? Because American movie execs have run out of ideas, that's why. They're even re-making their own movies that are *gasp* 20 yrs old. So pathetic…

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    After seeing the original film, I cannot fathom the American version being as graphic or daring. The studio will be thinking about how they can make the most money. It'll probably end up being PG-13. LOL

  • sard

    David Fincher schools Niels Arden Oplev any day of the week.

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  • Lmothander

    I was thinking Olivia Wilde would make a good Salander…

  • reader

    BTW – Salander is not 'autistic' as your article claims. She is brilliant, though undiagnosed throughout the trillogy. Methinks you should read or see the original movie (at least) before commenting on the subject.

    Nightly and Portman would kill this movie, I pray they find some unknown who at least looks like the character – or get the actress who played her in the original movie!

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      You don’t have to be “diagnosed” to have Aspergers Syndrome. It’s not an illness!

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