More Casting News For ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:55 pm,

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.

Fincher chatted recently with the Swedish paper SvD about his Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and revealed the names of three individuals that are now onboard for the film as well.

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.

david fincher girl with the dragon tatoo remake1 More Casting News For Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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.

Source: SvD (via The Playlist)

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  1. Let me get this right, their going to have a english speaking cast, but have Swedish names. Yeah, that won’t bug the hell out of people.

  2. The word pointless springs to mind.

    • LOL

      • The hundreds of millions of dollars that will go into remaking this trilogy could have been used on, oh I don’t know, some original film making!

        Waste of talent and money.

        There’s nothing wrong with the original films at all.

        • and now you see why i just dont like remakes, other directors adaptations. i mean a few select are good yes, but the majority just are god awful.Carpenters The Thing is a good example of a great remake because it stuck to the source. im hoping the same for True Grit, but i still feel it shouldnt have been remade, readapted or whatever you guys wanna call it.

          • Cronnenbergs The Fly is another good remake. But as with The Thing, the reason the remakes work is because they became body shock horrors, and changed massively from the originals.

            Remakes these days are pointless carbon copies.

            • The Fly was a great remake as well, yes youre right Sam :) i love Cronenbergs stuff…Scanners is one of my absolute faves of his

  3. You know I really don’t believe a remake should be made at all. If English language speakers are too lazy or dumb to read subtitles they don’t deserve to have a movie remade just so they can relate.
    I admit that there are good remakes of foreign language flicks, but by and large most remakes are poor to middling.
    Having said that David Fincher is, in my opinion, a legendary director. I would trust him with any project, even an Alien movie!!
    It is being remade, Fincher is the director and so we just have to wait and see. The casting looks inspired and, frankly I will watch it.
    However, nothing can compare with the sheer thrill and excitement I felt watching “tatoo”. I really rubbish most Hollywood output, and I do so because of movies like this. This movie is entirely gripping and very unsettling in parts. You really root for Lisbeth, and feel admiration for the strong, moral stance of Mikael.
    Words cannot describe the sheer ecstasy when you come across a film that touches every fibre of your being.
    I’m ranting. Peace..out.

  4. Agreed! Let Me In failed spectacularly at the box office last week. I am not sure what they hope to do with this remake. BTW – GWPF comes out on Netflix later this month. Just right before GWKHN releases to the theaters in November.


    Was that too girlie?

  5. I really had my fingers crossed that Zaillian was going to set this in North America and fiddle with the story. Then at least, Fincher would have his own film which is absolutely his own vision.

    English speakers pretending to be Swedish people WITH pretend Swedish accents is nuts! Kenneth Branagh’s Wallander works because at least they accept that they are all English actors and speak with various English dialects. Faking a Swedish accents is going to convince me that James Bond and The Girl From Youth In Revolt are ACTUALLY Swedes.

    Having said that, I will almost certainly watch a Fincher film so I am a hypocrite!!

  6. First, let me say, I have been on another planet! I am today, half way through the book…and have obviously not seen the swedish film version. I want to tell you I love foreign films but hate to read them (I honestly think I might prefer dubbing) ~ I tend to miss the subtle facial expressions and then generally dont get the feel of a movie when I have to move my eyes up and down to read and watch! Is that just me? Ok, so it feels like the names of characters will be an issue, also the names of the many towns ~ but if as I have heard they are asking english speaking actors to take on Swedish accents ~ oh boy ~ I don’t think I can take it ~ I have enough trouble with British accents and prefer my characters “americanized”, please. I want to spend my 2 hours in the story and feel the emotions ~ the accents are secondary and if they detract from my viewing pleasure ~ I’m sorry I have trouble following and the picture gets ruined for me ~ Call me simple… I do love my dear friend jeff bridges, however as he portrayed a drunk crooner I had to watch “Crazy Heart” several times and still missed some of the dialogue and I have yet to see him as “Rooster Cogburn” for the same reason.