I will not lie, I love the Swedish film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I feel lucky to have been able to see it and the two sequels on the big screen. I love it so much that it landed at number four on my Top Ten of 2010 list. I also remember one of my first thoughts was of how Hollywood was going to mess it up. It seemed like just the sort of film that Hollywood would love to get their hooks into. It did not take too long before the remake was announced, then other thoughts began to enter my head.
Who would direct it? This ended up being something I needn’t worry about. David Fincher signed on the dotted line to take the reigns. This is pretty funny as he was one of the guys that came to mind as I watched the film. He came to mind because the movie felt a little bit like Fincher’s Zodiac. I believe he can make this a worthwhile endeavor.
The bigger question was who were they going to get the role of Lisbeth Salander, portrayed incredibly by Noomi Rapace in the original films. The role fell to Rooney Mara (younger sister of Kate Mara who has been in films like Shooter and 127 Hours), who had a small role in The Social Network but is probably more known for taking over the Heather Langenkamp role of Nancy in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. I cannot say I was terribly happy, you see I am still a bit stuck on her mumbling Nancy. She just does not seem to have the screen presence to be able to play such a charismatic and intense role as Lisbeth.
Courtesy of W magazine, the first official images of Mara in character have come out. I still have my doubts, but the images are intriguing. Perhaps she can do it. I am still going to wait to see footage. I think it best to be cautious at this point.