Christopher Plummer Joins ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 12th, 2013 at 10:49 am,

Swedish actor Max von Sydow was in talks to play Henrik Vanger in David Fincher’s English-language adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and it was generally assumed he was a lock for the role.  We have now learned that the part has instead gone to another prestigious name – 80-year-old Canadian-born actor Christopher Plummer.

The wealthy Henrik Vanger plays a pivotal role in the plot of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo as he hires disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) to investigate the disappearance of his beloved niece, which occurred some 40 years before.  Blomkvist is eventually aided in his quest by the gothic hacker Lisbeth Salander, who will be played by Rooney Mara.

Mara will make her next appearance on the big screen in Fincher’s The Social Network, which opens in the U.S. this Friday.  Pre-production has already begun on the new Dragon Tattoo adaptation, which will retain the Stockholm setting of author Stieg Larsson’s original novel.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian is responsible for scripting the film, which will be based off the source novel by Larsson and not the Swedish cinematic adaptation directed by Niels Arden Oplev.  Zaillian has already been signed on to pen the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire – which Fincher has the option of directing as well.

Christopher Plummer in The Last Station Christopher Plummer Joins Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Christopher Plummer as Lev Tolstoy in ‘The Last Station.’

Plummer is a well-respected thespian who received his first Oscar nomination only last year for his performance in Michael Hoffman’s The Last Station.  Some of his more memorable performances include that of 60 Minutes anchor Mike Wallace in Michael Mann’s The Insider and – perhaps most famously – his turn as the strict father Baron Von Trapp in the classical musical The Sound of Music.

While von Sydow was a natural fit for the role of Vanger, Plummer is himself a versatile actor who very rarely turns in a sub-par performance.  He should easily be able to capture the sense of world-weariness that defines the elderly Vanger, a man haunted by the loss of his most beloved relative and the dark legacy of his family.

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

Source: THR

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  1. this is awesome news :)

  2. That poster at the beginning of the article… is that piece of fan art? Please tell me that it’s not the legitimate promotional poster for the Americanized “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?” Because that tattoo is much much too small.

    • @ Jessie

      It’s actually a cover for some edition of the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” book itself.

      I’m sure the actual promotional poster – whenever it arrives – will be far more impressive than this pic.

    • Its the only version of the book cover I have ever seen.

  3. personally i sincerely hope that this version will be true to the novel, because the original millennium trilogy misses out on so many details that i turned my tv off ,but maybe i shouldn’t have read the novels

    • How were they going to cram everything from a 500 page novel into a 2 hour film, its impossible.

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