‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo': Character Profiles & Score Samples

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trailer Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Character Profiles & Score Samples

An official site for David Fincher’s adaptation of the best-selling novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has gone live, revealing detailed profiles for eighteen characters in the Swedish Noir thriller.

You can also now listen to an excerpt of Oscar-winning Social Network duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ soundtrack for Dragon Tattoo, which is already coyly selling itself as the “feel bad movie” of the upcoming holiday season.

There seems to still be some confusion as to whether or not Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a direct remake of Niels Arden Oplev’s Swedish-language movie, or a fresh interpretation of the original source material (a la last year’s True Grit). Screenwriter Steve Zaillian has made it known that he intentionally avoided watching Oplev’s film while penning the script, so as to not be influenced by that version’s approach to streamlining the narrative material in Stieg Larsson’s popular novel. Likewise, the Dragon Tattoo teaser suggest the film will visually resemble Fincher’s previous work – and not the Swedish adaptation.

On that note – those of you who are completely unfamiliar with Girl With the Dragon Tattoo can get up to speed by checking out the new character profiles, which provide mug shots and succinct backstory information on the various players in the film. By and large, these are SPOILER-FREE.

Check out the profiles for six pivotal characters from Dragon Tattoo in the gallery below:

For more, head on over to the official Dragon Tattoo site.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo score

For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the chance to hear what Reznor and Ross have cooked up for Fincher’s latest macabre murder mystery, here’s a preview of their score for Dragon Tattoo:

This particular piece has a very moody and foreboding sound to it, what with the synthesized wails and the occasional xylophone chimes. It’s should appropriately heighten the sense of unease that lingers throughout Dragon Tattoo, in between the bursts of disturbingly graphic violence and brutality that occasionally punctuate the story. Judging by Reznor and Ross’ previous collaboration on The Social Network, there should also be some catchily kinetic and heart-pounding themes included on the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack – for the brief bits of suspenseful action that pop up throughout the film.

As an additional treat: here’s an audio-only version of Trent Reznor and Karen O’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”, which was used quite effectively in the Dragon Tattoo teaser trailer:

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

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  1. Am I the only one that thinks that the actrice playing Lizbeth in Fincher’s version is complete turn off (creepy/ugly hell even zombie-like). I don’t know why but Noomie Rapace in the swedish adaptation, with the crazy makeup etc made her pretty hot in that goth sort of way. She made that movie worth watching.

    Oh and from Fincher’s trailer it does seem that its going to play with pretty much thr same way as thr Swedish version albeit with Fincher’s sensibilities and style.

    • That is the whole point!

      Lisbeth Salander is an outcast who goes out of her way to look the way she wants, no matter how it affects how others view her. Rooney mara actually looks far moe like the Lisbeth from the books. She is supposed to look like an anorexic boy.

      Besides, have you seen what Rooney Mara looks like normally? -she is stunning, very beautiful. Google her to see for yourself. It just goes to show how well she has transformed herself for the part.

    • It would seem you are the only one. Noomi Rapace’s Lisbeth did a disservice to Stieg Larsson’s character and the crazy make-up, mohawks etc. served to only distract the viewer from Rapace’s acting, or better, complete lack thereof. The character of Lisbeth was not supposed to come off as a sort of sexed-up goth rocker chick, rather a pale anorexic that resembles more of a zombie than a bassist for 30 Seconds to Mars. Ultimately, Rooney Mara’s portrayal of Lisbeth will prove to be more faithful to the novels and I believe the Swedish version will be put in its place, if not forgotten. Mara showed vulnerability and attitude in her brief role as Erica Albright/Mark Zuckerberg’s girlfriend in “The Social Network”, and Fincher obviously saw something in her so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. She’s pretty enough to play the seductress in “Youth in Revolt” and the outcast in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” so I think she’ll be able to successfully pull off the “mature Pippi Longstocking” look that Larsson described. In the end, her acting ability is light years ahead of Rapace’s.

  2. @Bellcurve

    I disagree. She’s perfect. I’ve only read the first book (reading the 2nd right now) and she was never described as attractive or pretty in any sort of way (at least in whatever society’s view of beauty is). She’s just like I would’ve imagined (I haven’t seen the Swedish version yet) because she doesn’t fit the norms at all but I find her to be pretty in her own way.

    I can’t wait until the 2nd movie to see how they approach her physical changes.

  3. This new version has a better cast.
    It remains to be seen if its a better film.
    I thought the original was good but not great.

    Noomi Rapace was borderline repulsive as Lisbeth.
    Rooney Mara can remain attractive despite playing
    down her looks which should work well for the character.

  4. I haven’t read all 3 books, just 1.5, so someone please help me (without spoiling anything!!!)…

    Some of these characters never appeared in the first book, correct?

    • I don’t know about the book, but all of these characters were in the original movie.

  5. All these characters were in the first book.

  6. Yes finally!! Not another article about the dark knight rises about something that doesn’t add anything.
    Don’t get me wrong. Nolan is great but David Fincher is the man!!

  7. Reznor and Karen O?? Hells and yes. it’s funny, i think i’m more excited about the music in this film, then i am the film itself.

  8. I read the first two books and have only begun the 3rd book. Physically these actors are pretty close to what I envisioned while reading the book, especialy Roony Mara. She is so spot on. I actually got a chill clicking on each character and reading there descriptions just thinking about the story. I think this movie is going to be very well done, I just worry that I really don’t want to physically see what I read played out in front of me, it was so violent and detailed at times I had trouble reading the books.

  9. @Motoko & TDH

    Great points. Ronney Mara is very attractive no arguments there lol. I have no doubt she’ll be fantastic as Lizbeth, though as you stated TDH the more or less sexed up goth rocker chick version in yhe swedish adaptation seemed to ad something to the equation. I totally agree with you guys that this interpretation seems to lend itsself to a more faithful representation of the Salander character. At the end of the day what we can conclude if that I’m one superfical bastard lol. Bruce Wayne jonesing for Maggie Ghylenhall’s Rachel? really? Damn You Nolan! lol (pointless Batman reference. Your welcome)