Full ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Trailer Is Fantastic

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Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Full Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trailer Is Fantastic

Sony generated a good deal of positive buzz for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo last week, during early screenings of the Straw Dogs remake – where it premiered some eight minutes of footage from director David Fincher’s take on the late Stieg Larsson’s international best-selling novel.

Now a nearly four minute-long trailer for the film has been released online, offering everyone a better look at Fincher’s latest Noir thriller – including, Rooney Mara’s turn as punk Goth hacker Lisbeth Salander, the film’s stylishly gloomy mise en scène (re: visual design), and newly-minted Oscar-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ foreboding score.

It bears mentioning again that while there will definitely be similarities between Fincher’s version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev’s acclaimed adaptation, the former is not actually a remake of the latter. In fact, several key members of the Fincher production – including screenwriter Steve Zaillian and star Daniel Craig – have made it known that they refused to even watch Oplev’s film – so that their interpretation of Larsson’s story and characters would be truly their own.

For those not familiar with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, here’s a synopsis for Fincher’s adaptation:

The film is based on Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling novel centering on a murder mystery looking as far back as 40 years at the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families. All these years later, her aged uncle (Christopher Plummer) continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist (Craig), a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander (Mara). Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

Now check out the official Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trailer (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:

Mara very much appears to have made the role of Salander in Girl With the Dragon Tattoo her own. Physically, she resembles the character – as described by Larsson – perfectly; she also has the anti-heroine’s awkward conduct and defensively introverted mannerisms down pat (her accent is pretty good too).

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The rest of the cast likewise looks more than solid, including Craig as the strong-willed, yet vulnerable Blomkvist; Plummer as the dignified, yet tormented elder, Henrik Vanger; Stellan Skarsgård as the shifty Martin Vanger; and especially Yorick van Wageningen as Lisbeth’s unscrupulous and abusive “caretaker,” Nils Bjurman.

That Girl With the Dragon Tattoo looks to also excel on the technical side of things should come as no surprise. Fincher is working with a fantastic color palette here, ranging from the amber-tinted flashbacks to the Vanger estate, forty years in the past, to the bleak and restrained visuals of the wintery present. It nicely compliments the troubling and often outright disturbing nature of the plot – which is succinctly, yet efficiently, outlined in the film’s latest trailer – as does Reznor and Ross’ haunting electronica soundtrack.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Lisbeth Salander and Nils Burman Full Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trailer Is Fantastic

Mara and Wageningen in 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

While we can heap praise on Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo all day – and, based on this preliminary footage, there’s good reason to – that doesn’t mean this will be the movie that finally brings the acclaimed filmmaker Oscar glory. There have been many a great Noirish mystery tale made throughout Hollywood’s history (see: Chinatown, L.A. Confidential, etc.), but the edgier and more adult they are in tone (a la Dragon Tattoo), the harder it seems to be for the Academy to fully embrace them.

Then again – who cares about Oscars, we just want to see a kickass movie, right? Judging by this new Girl With the Dragon Tattoo footage – and the popular rapidly-edited Dragon Tattoo teaser – that’s exactly what Fincher aims to deliver.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo arrives in U.S. theaters on December 21st, 2011.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. Trailer looks amazing. Hope the movie lives up to our expectations.

  2. Certainly seems to have captured the look and feel of the book perfectly, I’m impressed but should have known considering the talent involved.

    Nice to see Daniel Craig is continuing his trademark confused sleep deprived scowl he has perfected over the years.

    The Swedish adaptations still rock but this looks migthy impressive so far.

  3. Agreed! Looking really good. I read the books and saw the Swedish versions.

    I enjoyed them very much, but the Swedish versions seemed to not have very much tension and glossed over certain aspects that were very pertinent to the character development of the story (eg – Mikael’s affair).

    I am glad these made Noomi Rapace a star, bu tit looks like Rooney Mara is going to be able to hold her own.

    • I agree with everything you said. I would also say that the pacing is inconsistent in the second and third movies, but maybe that’s just me.

  4. This looks totally great! ^-^

  5. I’m sold, course I was sold when I heard Fincher and Mara.

  6. Craig rules!

  7. Great trailer, but it felt a little long. Like it gave away to much.

    I’ve seen the original trilogy films and loved them and this one looks like it’ll live up to the stories in a very true sense. I’m glad they brought Fincher in to do this. I’m not sure who else could have done this correctly.

  8. I want to see more Swedish stars in the sequels like Dolph Lundgren, Malin Akeman and Lena Olin.

  9. I’m so excited for this movie. I’ve started reading the book. I’ve seen the original films so I know what happens, but they’re just okay. The story is good but the execution could’ve been better.

  10. I have to say this is absolute crap. The trilogy has already been done, and done really well in Sweden by Swedish actors and directors where it belongs. Typical of Hollywood to ruin something that has already be done perfectly the first time. This movie will not live up to the Swedish version. I hope the majority of American movie goers will check out the orginal trilogy already on dvd, to understand the cultural roots of this story.

    • I partially disagree. Yeah it’s been done before, but this time the effort looks to achieve a much better result.

      Even though I really like most of the actors in the original trilogy, and the cultural roots, as you said, it could have been produced much better. Especially the second and third one. The second and third movies feel really rushed as if the studio was trying to rush to a deadline while the novels were still relevant. Not that they aren’t relevant now, but, that’s what if feels like. The pacing is really inconsistent in the second movie especially. And altogether the movies fail to achieve the atmosphere of the book most of the time. Not that the movies are bad, I like them, but this looks like a much better attempt. I personally think. *shrugs*

      I’m just saying there’s no need to be so negative. You haven’t even seen the movie. There are a lot of talented people working on it.

      • I agree. The Swedish films were good, but they didn’t do it “perfectly”. They changed many elements, and the last two were made for TV and looked like it.

        Besides, they are not remaking the other films! They are making an adaptation of the book.

        Maybe it’s the fact that the script is gonna be in English instead of Swedish. In that case you may as well label all the various translations of the books into other languages as “absolute crap”.

        Besides, it’s filmed in Sweden, there are many Swedish actors in it and I can bet that the majority of the crew will be Swedish. It’s silly to write this off without seeing it. It may well be a better adaptation of the book than the previous one (Despite that being very good.)

    • the trilogy has been done in sweden,yes,but not true to the books,and that’s just what i’m hoping for with this version! it’s perhaps typical for Fincher to have a go at it,and i for one am glad he is! what i’ve seen so far with the trailers gives me high hopes that i will at least recognize the original story by Larsson.

    • I agree, it seems we lack the originality to make original movies.

    • Yes, I totally agree. Like another wonderful swedish movie “Let the right one in”, witch was made into english “let me in” version. I really don’t get it, why would hollywood redo already existing good films. I don’t think that english ones are better, infact, I would say they’r worse. I’d say that it could only be explained by lack of imagination of hollywood producers – they simply can’t create their own original production anymore, so they go and take some great other countrys films and turn it into crap. It’s so lame… Losers

      • I saw the “Let the right one in” remake and I thought it was excellent. I’ve not seen the original, but if it is better in any way then that is great. This is NOT a remake! The book existed before the Swedish movie! It’s simply an adaptation of a Swedish book for English speaking audiences, and every other country.

        The truth is there is no reason to doubt that this will be an excellent film. Just look at the great talent involved. It’s unfortunate that the view may be that a film in English may play better to large key audiences in English speaking regions. I’d love it if this was in Swedish, but it’s not and that really doesn’t bother me because I think this adaptation is totally worth it.

  11. Looks good, can’t wait to see it.

  12. Very, very impressed, wow! Love this trailer. Rooney looks amazing. Haven’t read the books nor seen the Swedish versions, but really looking forward to this.

  13. Anyone know if Fincher is signed on for a mulit-picture deal?

  14. Looks good, might even be better than the originals, might make people stop bitching every time they make an American version of something from another country…

    • Why do you think this will be better than the original. Because americans cant read subtitles or speak a foreign language.

      • I never said it will be, I said it MIGHT be given that the original movies didn’t really stick to the source material. And I won’t even waste my time addressing the rest of your comment, I know you think you sound cool being against Americans, I’ll let you keep thinking that. Call it charity. :-)

  15. It should be a six-parter, not a trilogy. There is simply too much great stuff to do it justice with a trilogy.

  16. And we needed a remake for those people who can’t read sub titles?

    • Or just a director who feels he can stick to the source material better than the makers of the original movies… And that director happens to be Americans… Don’t worry, people who speak other languages can read the subtitles when this movie is shown in their countries. So it’s all good buddy. :-)

      • Blah, “director happens to be American” minus that last “s” lol.

  17. What was wrong with the original movie that we need a remake. Cant we think of our own original ideas. We keep doing this.

  18. Remember insomia, Al Pacino’s remake was a disaster, the original was much better we just dont try to understand other cultures so we always butcher the original.

    • what was wrong with the original? have you seen it? have you read the books? that’s what’s wrong with the original! half the storyline is missing,and for other bits they made something up to make it fit.
      i’m glad that Fincher is having a go at it,he can’t do worse,knowing Fincher,he’ll do a lot better!

      • @cecile

        Hey, I’m going to beat them to the inevitable “witty come back”:

        “Oh, it’s because you can’t read subtitles because you’re a stupid American, uuuuhhhh, lolmfaolollol!!!!11 I’m so cool right??”

        There guys, I said it so you don’t have to, you’re welcome. 😉

        • If Americans can’t read subtitles, how come they can read these posts……???? ^-^

  19. Why would they do this? I mean, why do they remake everything? The Swedish movies were good enough. They were really awesome! Noone can picture the Swedish life better than Swedish poeple.
    Well, the trailer looks very good but still, I can’t understand their motivation. Why don’t they film something own?

    • Haven’t you read the other reactions,or better still,haven’t you read the books? This version is going to be following the storyline of the books a lot closer,so that may be the motivation!!!

  20. The late Stieg Larsson’s Trilogy of books that include “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” has sales of some 20 million to its credit worldwide. If this first instalment for the big screen hits the $100 million plus mark, then this Trilogy will go places.Daniel Craig has again shown quality and depth in securing a good actor role with much potential. This one may just have enough to land him the Oscar. Go for it!

    Best Wishes,


  21. I agree with the reasoning behind arguing why re-make already great subtitled movies and TV, such as Insomnia and The Killing but I have to strongly disagree as to why re-make this.

    I’ve watched the 3 Swedish versions and was very disappointed. I found them to be nothing like the books in tone and left many aspects out of the film that took away the underlying story in the Books, the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo looked the best but had so many things taken out of the story or changed that it was completely untrue to the context of the book. Blomqvist to me was miscast in the Swedish version and Daniel Craig is much more the character that I read and the second and third films were shot for TV and it showed.