Sony has placed David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo into prime awards/box-office position: December 21, 2011. This falls in line with our story back in May that the film was scheduled for December 2011. However, there’s no confirmation if the movie is being shot back-to-back with the book’s sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire.
Dragon Tattoo still has no lead actors, although Variety reports that Daniel Craig is still in negotiations to play the lead male role of disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist. But the role attracting the most attention is that of asocial but brilliant hacker/researcher Lisbeth Salander. Actresses mentioned in connection with the role include Ellen Page, Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), and Carey Mulligan (An Education). Deadline reports that Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Sara Snook (Sleeping Beauty), Rooney Mara (The Social Network) and Sophie Lowe (Blame) are also possible contenders for the part. Variety contends that Sony is likely to go with an unknown. Fincher is reportedly “telling actresses to working on their Swedish accents, which indicates the novel may not Americanized.” Hit the jump to learn more about the novel.
Here’s the official product description of the bestselling novel via Amazon.com:
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.
The book has already been adapted into a Swedish film by Niels Arden Oplev. It is currently available to Watch Instantly on Netflix.