Of Dragons and Tattoos

As you may or may not know, a (bootleg!) red band trailer for the remake of Niels Arden Oplev’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been leaked to the wide wide world of web.

It looks exceedingly cool, there is no doubt about it. ("The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas" is not a tag that many would dare to hang on a film.) Of course, the masterful use of the Trent Reznor/Karen O cover of Led Zeppelin’s "Immigrant Song" helps on that front. The trailer for David Fincher’s version also looks very similar to the original. As in almost but not quite shot for shot similar. It was even filmed in Sweden. So, I have to again ask, "WHY?"

Fincher is a talented director and I admire a lot of his work and he has assembled a first rate cast, starting with Daniel Craig and including Rooney Mara, Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer, Joely Richardson, Steven Berkoff and Joel Kinnaman (from AMC’s "The Killing". Did you know he’s actually Swedish?)

I’ve mentioned before that I’m quite sure I’ll enjoy Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, but I enjoyed Michael Nyqvist in the role as well and it’s just really soon between the two. I am having a very difficult time believing that Rooney Mara is going to make anyone forget Noomi Rapace. Her Lisbeth Salander is pretty indelible.

I just can’t help feeling that the whole thing is simply because Americans are too lazy to read subtitles. And that just makes me sad.

*sigh* I’ll probably see it anyway. Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens in the US on December 21, 2011.

*Trailer removed-I guess you’ll have to take my word about the coolness*

Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander and Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist

Daniel Craig and Michael Nyqvist

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander

Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist

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