David Fincher has revealed to Swedish newspaper SvD [via The Playlist], that he has cast Joely Richardson [Nip/Tuck], Steven Berkoff [The Tourist], and David Dencik [Tinker, Tailor, Solider] to his adaption of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Fincher did not specify which roles the assembled actors will play. He further distanced himself from revealing whether this is a remake of Niels Arden Oplev’s adaptations of the late Swedish writer’s Millennium Trilogy [Dragon is part one], as he told the newspaper that screenwriter Steven Zaillian was "focused on the books, not the original Swedish films". He also mentions that the original films had a “Swedish noir” feel, whereas he is looking to capture the essence of Sweden and “an atmosphere reminiscent of “Chinatown.” Part of that attempt is helped by the fact that Fincher is filming in Sweden, as opposed to a studio lot in Hollywood.
Additionally, the director had this quick response to whether they would be making the entire trilogy or just the first film: “We’ll see. If the first is not good, it’s no use to do more.” The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo stars Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, along with Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Wright, and Christopher Plummer. Dencik is of note because he had a small role in the original film, and is the first link between the two adaptations. Another interesting fact is that the director of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is Tomas Alfredson, who had his Swedish classic Let The Right One In [an adaptation of a Swedish novel of the same name] remade into Matt Reeves’ Let Me In.
Amazon provides this synopsis of the novel:
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.
Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo hits theaters on December 21st, 2011.