David Fincher’s The Social Network is currently making waves in theaters in the U.S., but the director is busy overseas in Sweden as production is getting underway on his English-language adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck) and Steven Berkoff (The Tourist) are now both signed up for Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and – as The Playlist noted – could be occupying the pivotal roles of Cecilia Vanger, a relative of industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) and Nils Bjurman, the cruel guardian to Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) and an important player in the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, respectively.
Swedish actor David Dencik – who may have a role in Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy – was also named by Fincher as part of the cast for his Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Dencik is an intriguing addition, as he played Janne Dahlman, a less-than-scrupulous colleague of Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig, in Fincher’s film), in the Swedish film version of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. There’s no word yet on whether he will reprise that role for the English-language version as well.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is very much a Noirish mystery that deals with corruption in Swedish society – so Fincher’s comments to SvD about how he is “looking to try to catch Sweden” and that he hopes to “find an atmosphere reminiscent of ‘Chinatown’” are encouraging for fans of the first entry in the Millennium trilogy. After films like Seven or Zodiac, there is little doubt that Fincher knows how to create effectively dark and atmospheric thrillers that explore institutionalized corruption.
Will Fincher’s take on Girl With the Dragon Tattoo offer something different for moviegoers that saw the Swedish film adaptation? Matt Reeve’s Let Me In is a solid horror-thriller in its own right, but those that have already seen its Swedish counterpart, Let the Right One In, aren’t likely to get anything new out of it. We’ll have to wait and see if Fincher can do better and deliver a Girl With the Dragon Tattoo that covers slightly different territory than that of Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev’s film.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo hits theaters in the U.S. on December 21st, 2011.