James Bond, aka 007, movies are on hold because MGM studios is in $4 billion debt, but that isn’t stopping their star from finding more work. Daniel Craig (42) has been cast as the lead character, Mikael Blomkvist, in the American adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling mystery novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, to be released December 21, 2011. Michael Nyqvist played Mikael in the overseas version.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie has already been made and released starting February 2010 worldwide, and in the USA on March 12, 2010 in a limited release. The movie has made $101,714,167 worldwide so far, and with a production budget of only $13 million it made quite a good profit.
The book is part of a trilogy, and all three books including The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest have already been released as movies overseas. At this point it appears there will be two different movies made for each book. One overseas and one made in America that will probably get worldwide release again.
Filming will take place in Sweden, David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) will direct, and Scott Rudin will produce. So far, no one has been cast in the role of Lisbeth Salander, the disaffected and heavily pierced 24-year-old computer hacker with a photographic memory and a violent temper, though Ellen Page, Mia Wasikowska, and Rooney Mara have been mentioned. Noomi Rapace played Lisbeth in the overseas version.
Right now the movie trailer below did not peak my interest enough to say I’ll see this movie, however, it could be after the American version gets ready I might want to see it. This trilogy of books is selling out for good reason, so it might be something none of us wants to miss.