David Fincher has chosen Stellan Skarsgard to play Martin Vanger in his English-language Dragon Tattoo movie. Skarsgard has told Variety that he wants to accept, and negotiations are underway:
I have met Fincher, I want to work with him, he wants to work me. I have had a concrete offer and now we are in negotiations.
The contract is for the period September to March, but I don’t know yet when I am supposed to start my part of the film. Most of it is to be shot in Stockholm, but some studio work will be done in the U.S. I think there might be some location work there as well, when it becomes too dark to shoot here.
Meanwhile, more negotiations are ongoing with screenwriter Steve Zaillian. Deadline have reported that Sony are keen to set the scribe to work on an adaptation of The Girl Who Played With Fire, the second book, and film, in the series. It looks like the studio are keen to get production of the second movie going quite quickly after completing the first. Will Fincher be back? We’ll have to wait and see.
A series of screen tests have now been completed with potential Lisbeth Salanders. The actresses acted in full costume and makeup, and opposite Daniel Craig, who they’d be working with on the set. I listed a number of the young ladies already – Lea Seydoux, Emily Browning, Sophie Lowe, Sarah Snook and Rooney Mara – and Katie Jarvis, star of Fish Tank, was rumoured to be a late edition to the tests too.
While we’re still waiting for confirmation on who has the gig, Production Weekly believe they have inside knowledge on the favourites:
Rooney Mara & Emily Browning seem to be the choices to play the role of Lisbeth in The Girl With Dragon Tattoo.
It seems like Sony are gearing up for a couple of solid years in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium, though it remains to be seen if big audiences are going to come along for the ride, or if the more (slightly?) literate types who’ve fallen for the books will find the Swedish-language films to be enough.
*Actually, just a few things and, chances are, you didn’t previously want to know any of them. But hey ho.
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