Rooney Mara stars as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If you saw her in The Social Network and were puzzled over how she could portray tougher-than-tough computer hacker Lisbeth, then wonder no longer. Just pick up the February issue of W, which features a photo spread of Mara going full-out Lisbeth.
Fincher’s film departs dramatically from the book: Mikael Blomkvist is more gentlemanly, Salander... is more aggressive—and the ending has been completely altered.
Lisbeth Salander (aka the girl of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is a "tattooed, waif-thin, 20-something hacker known for her extreme antisocial behavior and capacity for violence."
And she has captured the reading public's imagination as the star of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy.
By now, we all know that Sony is releasing an American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher, in December of 2011. On The Book Case, we've been speculating about the movie's casting for months.
Today Sony announced that Rooney Mara will star as Lisbeth. Daniel Craig is already confirmed in the role of Mikael Blomkvist.
Mara starred in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and will also appear in The Social Network, Fincher's movie about the founding of Facebook (and based on Ben Mezrich's book The Accidental Billionaires).
Mara is quite obscure compared to other actors rumored to have been in the running to play Lisbeth: Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson...
Do you think Fincher made the right choice?
Last month I posted about the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie, and I could tell from the comments that readers are really excited about this adaptation—not to mention The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, book three in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy (out May 25).
So I know you'll be happy to hear this news from Hollywood, too. Rumors are swirling about the American version of the movie, directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and produced by Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood). Word is that Carey Mulligan (An Education) will play Lisbeth Salander and Brad Pitt will star opposite as Mikael Blomqvist.
Casting has not been confirmed, although this IMDb message board suggests Mulligan and Pitt are a "strong bet." Do you agree with these picks? Is there anyone you'd rather see as Lisbeth and Mikael?
Related in BookPage: Reviews of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. We'll be covering The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest in our June issue, along with info on how the books came to be published in the United States. Stay tuned!
Stieg Larsson fans have something to look forward to until the release of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest on May 25. I knew that there had been Swedish film adaptations of the Millennium Trilogy, and that a Hollywood version is in the works. What I didn’t know—until last night, when a trailer screened at the Belcourt movie theater in Nashville—is that the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is coming to the United States. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, the movie has already grossed $100 million abroad. It’s also 153 minutes long and features brutally violent scenes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the adaptation is worth a watch:
The film adaptation of the first book, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," is, like its source material, at once formula thriller, scathing social commentary and dark history lesson. But it's also a more eloquent work; smartly condensing the novel's sprawl, the feature forgoes prosaic detail for cinematic vigor. The result is a character-driven mystery of considerable emotional power, often harrowing and always compelling.
This just in: our galley copy of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which is being released in the U.S. on May 25.
I still think it was silly of Knopf to wait so long to release Hornet (why punish the first, and probably most loyal, fans of the series? not to mention, the below screen cap suggests there were more than a few sales lost to ebooks, the UK edition and illegal downloads) but it has made the release of the finale an anticipated event.
The girl on the guerney could live with a piece of lead in her hip and a piece of lead in her shoulder. But a piece of lead inside her brain was a trauma of a whole different magnitude. He was suddenly aware of the nurse saying something.
"Sorry, I wasn't listening."
"What do you mean?"
"It's Lisbeth Salander. The girl they've been hunting for the past few weeks, for the triple murder in Stockholm."
Jonasson looked again at the unconscious patient's face. He realized at once that the nurse was right. He and the whole of Sweden had seen Salander's passport photograph on billboards outside every newspaper kiosk for weeks. And now the murderer herself had been shot, which was surely poetic justice of a sort.
But that was not his concern. His job was to save his patient's life, irrespective of whether she was a triple murderer or a Nobel Prize winner. Or both.
Are you counting the days until May 25?