As fans of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo already know, this story – about murder, abuse, deception, and a most unlikely team of investigators – is anything but “sweet.”

On the other hand, when comparing today’s international trailer for director David Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo adaptation to the four-minute extended trailer that debuted a few weeks back, the phrase “short and sweet” is certainly applicable.

For those who haven’t read the novels, or spent four minutes watching and learning what this film is all about, here’s an official synopsis for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:

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 (Daniel Craig), a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

Now, watch the international trailer, which is pretty much a truncated version of the full-length trailer:

Fincher and Co. are in fact delivering their own adaptation of the book, and are NOT remaking the Swedish films – a continuing misconception amongst some movie fans. From what we’ve seen so far, Fincher’s version:

  1. Is a more polished and pristine in its darkly beautiful visual composition – as opposed to the low-budget cable movie look of the Swedish version.
  2.  Has Mara, who is (visually speaking) closer to Larsson’s description of Goth Hacker Lisbeth Salander then Swedish actress Noomi Rapace was.
  3. Is sticking closer to plot and character arcs of Larsson’s novel than the Swedish version did (Robin Wright’s Erika Berger being the biggest difference).
  4. Will have a slamming soundtrack by Oscar-winning Social Network composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

For those reasons alone, I for one am looking forward to this new interpretation of Larsson’s work. How about you?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be in theaters on December 21, 2011.

Source: Sony Pictures