‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Teaser Trailer: Swedish Noir, Fincher Style

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 5th, 2011 at 4:45 pm,

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Lisbeth Salander fans got a treat earlier this week when a bootlegged version of the international red band trailer for David Fincher’s take on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo leaked online. While we here at Screen Rant make it a habit to not post bootlegged trailers, the footage shown from the Swedish neo-Noir/thriller was just as stylishly dark as one would expect from the director of titles like Seven and Zodiac.

A domestic trailer has now been released for Fincher’s hotly-anticipated Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, providing further evidence that this is one cinematic adaptation that can stand on its own – even in comparison to director Niels Arden Oplev’s acclaimed Swedish-language screen version of the first entry in the late Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium trilogy.

Here is a semi-official synopsis for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo:

Disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), freshly sentenced to jail for libeling a shady businessman, and the multipierced and tattooed Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a feral but vulnerable superhacker. Hired by octogenarian industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer), who wants to find out what happened to his beloved great-niece before he dies, the duo gradually uncover a festering morass of familial corruption.

Even with an Oscar-nominated maestro like Fincher calling the shots, there’s been a healthy amount of skepticism surrounding the English-language adaptation of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Oplev’s film is generally considered an excellent take on Larsson’s sprawling source material – not to mention, star Noomi Rapace’s performance as Salander is (for now) viewed by many as the definitive representation of the character.

However, early signs all point to Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo being a stellar adaptation as well. The first images released of Rooney Mara as Salander suggested the actress could possibly capture the extremely introverted nature of the Goth-punk hacker even better than Rapace did – not to mention, the cast for Fincher’s movie also includes greats like Craig, Plummer, Robin Wright, and Stellan Skarsgård in pivotal roles.

Check out the official U.S. teaser trailer for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo below:

Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo almost looks like a stylized black-and-white film in the footage show here, with its imagery of chilling snowy landscapes and shadowy interiors – broken up by the occasional splattering of blood. The Social Network director has previously likened Larsson’s grim murder-mystery to Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, in terms of the menacing tone and atmosphere; judging by the gloomy visuals teased so far from the “feel-bad movie of Christmas” (as the trailer wryly put it), it seems Fincher has very much embraced that idea – and then some.

Girl With the Dragon Tatoo might have more of a cinematic flavor than Oplev’s adaptation beyond the surface as well. Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York) is working directly from Larsson’s original novel, which contains a whole lot of narrative material that did not make the cut in Oplev’s film – not to mention, Zaillian is on the record as saying that he intentionally did not watch the previous Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie, so that his would be a truly fresh adaptation of a previous novel-turned-film (even more so than last winter’s True Grit).

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander1 Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Teaser Trailer: Swedish Noir, Fincher Style

Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

Finally – Trent Reznor’s music meshed marvelously with Fincher’s filmmaking style in The Social Network, winning the Nine Inch Nails talent an Oscar for his efforts. Judging by the effective use of Reznor and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” in combination with the Dragon Tattoo footage glimpsed so far, the musician and director’s latest collaboration should yield similarly memorable results.

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

Source: Trailer Addict

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  1. “The feel bad movie of Christmas”

    By their own admission I’ll pass.

  2. My #1 most anticipated movie of the year.

  3. I really enjoyed the books AND the original versions of these films. In my mind, just like with the Let Me In/Let the Right One In movies, it feels WAY TOO SOON to be releasing this “remake”. I want to be excited to see this movie, but don’t want to feel like I’m seeing the same thing over again. Those who have seen the original will definitely see some shots from this trailer that resonate with the swedish version. I want this to succeed, but fear that I will not enjoy simply out of love for the original.

    • I could refute all the points you made but I once felt the exact same way you felt until I saw the trailer and suddenly remembered ‘Se7en’ and ‘Fight Club’ and the person responsible for them. David Fincher make this one of the years best movies.

    • God i hate when people say stuff like that. This movie is not a remake of the swedish film by Niels Arden Oplev. Its a diffrent intereptation of the book presented from Steve zallian and David fincher.

    • Did you even READ the article?

  4. hahahahahaaha this teaser made me interested. can’t wait

  5. I think I preffered the “bootleg” trailer, but the film looks good so i’ll be watching it.

    And something tells me that the “bootleg” trailer was leaked by the studio.

  6. i agree, the leaked trailer was a lot more intriguing.

    i see they cut out the nipple they let slide in the leaked one, though. haha.

    can’t wait.

    • The bootleg was a Red-band trailer released overseas.

      • Really? I heard it played in some showings of The Hangover

  7. I dont think its to soon at all. Big fan and cant wait.

  8. To all who didn’t actually read the article, it’s not a remake. It’s a separate adaptation. The screenwriter never even saw the first set of movies.

  9. Love Reznor’s music and David fincher two reasons for me to check this out.

  10. I loved the original trilogy that I watched in Swedish with subtitles. The way those movies are constructed and paced was a breath of fresh air contrasted to Hollywood’s current menu. Fincher is good, but honestly, I don’t think he’s going to make anything better. Different? Possibly. Better? no.

    And Ms. Mara, you got some pretty damn big shoes to fill. Noomi Rapace owned that role and I don’t think you’re going to be dethroning that performance. Good luck, tho.

    • “Challenge accepted” – David Fincher

  11. Why do people have such a hard time understanding that this is not a remake of the sweedish films and that it’s a different adaptation of the books. In every article posted or printed this point is made but people ignore it and just start complaining. It has been done before and has been done well so why can’t it happen now? I have read the books and have seen movies and I’m excited to see this.

    • You know why? Because the Swedish films were enough. That’s why.

      This didn’t need another adaptation. It has already been done, and masterfully.

      • That’s where I disagree. I’m not saying I didn’t like the original movies but there a plenty of things that were left out from the books that a different adaptation could include and make for a good film. And like I said before it has been done before with success. For example The Departed was strictly a remake of a foreign film that was only 4 years old and that turned out amazing. I just wish people would give it a chance before hating it when all we have seen is a 2 minute teaser..

        • Agreed. This movie will also make people read the 2 other books, something that the Swedish movies could never do.

  12. I love the books and the swedish films were very good. They did mis alot out though and re-jig some of the relation ships. They also felt very made-for-tv. I enjoyed them though. I am looking forward to this new take on the book. I know some people are against it because it it deemed as only being made because ” Americans won’t watch films with subtitles”, but I think this is a good chance to see another well filmed, directed and acted take on Larsson’s book.

    I think Rooney’s look for Lisbeth is perfect. she really looks as frail an boy-like as I imagined in the books. Noomi Rapace was excellent, but I felt she seemed a bit too physically tough looking(her build), despite how petite she is..

    • That’s probable because the last 2 movies in the trilogy were made for tv movies in Sweden

  13. People seriously over-hype the Swedish films. They were OK but took some SERIOUS liberties with the material that I didn’t personally like AT ALL. How do you cut Berger out as Mikael’s lover???

    Anyway, people never pay attention. They’ll just complain up until release time and then go see the film, like it if it’s good, and then pretend they never complained or that their complaints in the past don’t matter (SEE: X-Men First Class).

  14. I think the music in this movie is going to rock. I loved The Social Network’s soundtrack a lot!

  15. This looks really good and Mara looks great! Looking forward to this.

  16. Amazing trailer! Got to see this before they took it down. Never read the books, but definably will now thanks to this.

  17. Where is Lisbeth’s lesbian lover, Miriam Wu in the US remake?

    • miriam doesnt appear till the second book, doesnt she?

      • miriam wu is a significant part of the first book and i can’t see them cutting her out of the first movie, impossible.

  18. If it were anyone other than fincher I would be skeptical. I loved the original Swedish adaptation but if anyone can improve on it, that would be fincher

  19. This looks WAY overly stylized. A goth hacker girl with no eye brows and a bad hair cut that rides an absolutely PERFECT cafe racer. CRINGE. As someone who loves and rides cafe style bikes you can’t help but notice the grow in popularity of them becoming like fashion accessories for directors that are going for a look in movies ie. Tron. I admit I take one look at this and I could not care less about the plot and how good it is. Does every character in new films need to be such a perfectly drawn caricature of coolness? I fear this is going to make great old bikes go the way of the fixed gear bicycle. After seeing this soon every hipster with mommy and daddies credit card will have one to bust their head open on. This movie just looks absolutely embedded with fashion, fad and pretense, and it’s too bad that all of that will probably drown out a good dark story. I mean just look at those two press release pictures… what do they have to do with the movie? I guess it makes sense considering that this is coming from the guy that made every bro want to look like Tyler Durden for a year or two.