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Rooney Mara “Frightening” as Lisbeth Salander, Says Dragon Tattoo Costar

For all you of out there who have been worrying that director David Fincher’s Hollywood adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo won’t be true to the best-selling novel, I’ve got good news for you.

Fincher, one of the flick’s costars just told me, hasn’t strayed at all from author Stieg Larsson’s words and story…

“It’s so loyal to the book that we didn’t feel we were cheating or diverting from it at all,” says 81-year-old acting legend Christopher Plummer, who plays retired businessman Henrik Vanger in the movie. “David is a marvelous director, and I think he truly has caught the atmosphere of the book.”

Plummer, best known for playing Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, has equal praise for Rooney Mara, who stars as Lisbeth Salander. “It’s extraordinary,” he said of the actress’ unrecognizable physical transformation for the role. “And because she looks so young, it’s very frightening. The innocence makes it even more terrifying. She is going to be the most wonderful Tattoo Girl.”

The much anticipated film opens in December.

I caught up with Plummer earlier today from New York, where he was promoting Beginners, his wonderfully sweet new film (in theaters June 3) about an artist (Ewan McGregor) whose father comes out as a gay man at age 75 shortly after his wife of 45 years dies.

The story is based on writer and director Mike Mills’ real life. “I met Michael over drinks and he told me it was his father,” said Plummer, 81. “Privately I thought, Oh my god, I am going to have to be like his dad. I’m not sure I want to go through with this. But then he assured me not to think a second about that and to be myself and do whatever I wanted. I said, ‘Well then, I’m yours.'”

Plummer’s much younger lover is played by fellow Dragon Tattoo actor Goran Visnjic. He laughed when I asked what it was like kissing the former ER star.

“We both being madly heterosexual went into fearsome discussions of, ‘My god, it’s happening tomorrow,'” Plummer said, laughing some more. “But then of course the minute the cameras roll, all fear goes out the window. I said to him after, ‘You know, you’re not bad.'”

Source: E Online

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Red-Band Trailer For David Fincher’s ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Playing Overseas; US Version Next Week

I’m not a big fan of reporting on the imminent arrival of a trailer, but I’m curious enough about David Fincher‘s new version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo that I’ll make an exception. Deadline reports that Sony has released a red-band trailer in Europe this week, which will be playing only in theaters there. Meanwhile, a green-band version should hit Thursday June 2 online and in theaters in the US.

We’ve got one early (and therefore possibly unreliable) description of the trailer after the break. Check it out to see how Led Zeppelin fits in.
One IMDB user claims to have seen the trailer and says,

So a few thoughts on this, anyone that is worried about it not following the Orginal/book can put that worry to bed. This looks to be as graphic if not more then the orginal. The trailer consists of a bunch of quick cuts of scenes from the movie. Alot of things from the Orginal that we only see in still photos and hear characters talk about are actually filmed and shown. Any worry about Rooney Mara not looking the part don’t need to worry. There is a shot in the trailer of her topless pulling on a shirt much like Noomi Rapace does in the others. Mara looks the part for sure. Skinny as Rapace, only thing it looks like they may have done is toned down the punk look some. But not alot. Not sure what else to say other then the trailer was very intense, it was set to Led Zeppelins immigrant song.

It’s that last note that kills me. I can imagine a cut of Dragon Tattoo that includes that particular track, since there could be a way to make Robert Plant’s wails quite ominous, but need to see how it really plays out.

Source: /Film


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MGM to co-finance Sony’s ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer will finance 20% of Sony Pictures’ upcoming English-language remake of the Swedish hit “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

The approximately $100-million production is being shot in Sweden, directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. It will hit theaters Dec. 21.

Sony and MGM’s co-financing arrangement on “Tattoo,” announced Tuesday, falls under a larger funding partnership the two studios struck in April centered on MGM’s next two James Bond films. At the time, the studios said they would work together on other movies over the next five years.

MGM is likely to co-finance Sony’s next two planned “Dragon Tattoo” films, based on a trilogy of bestselling books by Stieg Larsson, though no formal deals have been reached, according to a person close to the matter.

As with the Bond movies, Sony will market and distribute “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” around the world. MGM will get television licensing rights in certain foreign countries.

Source: LA Times