The cinematic adaptation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy was a financial hit when it was released last year in the late author's Swedish homeland. An international trailer has now been released for the final entry in the series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which will be released in the U.S. at the end of this month.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest continues the story of the brilliant punk-goth-hacker Lisbeth Salander (who will once again be brought to life by the well-cast Swedish actress Noomi Rapace), the mysterious young woman who is otherwise known to the masses as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Director David Fincher has already begun work on his English-language version of Dragon Tattoo, which will feature his Social Network star Rooney Mara as Salander. Rapace is already reaping the benefits from her acclaimed turn as the character and has been cast as the female lead in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes 2.
Both the Swedish film adaptation of Dragon Tattoo and its followup, The Girl Who Played With Fire, have done moderate business at the U.S. box office - for hard R-Rated, foreign films that deal with adult subject matter, that is. Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest will wrap up the plot threads left dangling by its predecessors and should appeal to the same crowd that flocked to the first two pics.
Check out the international trailer for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest below:
Director Daniel Alfredson and screenwriter Jonas Frykberg are the filmmakers behind Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and were also responsible for bringing The Girl Who Played with Fire to the big screen. That second film was not as well received, critically speaking, as director Niels Arden Oplev's cinematic take on Dragon Tattoo - though (in the opinion of this writer) that was arguably in part due to the weakness of the source material and less so with the quality of filmmaking.
We have a year until Fincher's Dragon Tattoo hits theaters and it will be interesting to see how many U.S. moviegoers decide to check out all Swedish-language Millennium films in the meantime. They are certainly worth a look for fans of Larsson's original novels and general cinemaphiles alike.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest begins a limited release in theaters in the U.S. on October 29th, 2010.