David Fincher’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Set in Sweden; Emily Browning Drops Out of Lisbeth Salander Race

     July 28, 2010

We have two pieces of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo news for you today.  First up, director David Fincher told MTV news today that he would stay faithful to the book’s setting of Stockholm and Uppsala. Fincher joked, “What, are you going to put it in Seattle? Seattle noir?”  Well, Starbucks is one of the darkest, most soul-sucking establishments on the planet so I don’t see why Seattle is so far away from the realm of possibility.

In a related story, The Daily Beast reported that Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) has dropped out of the race to play the lead female role Lisbeth Salander.  And then there were four: Rooney Mara (The Social Network), Sarah Snook (Sleeping Beauty), Sophie Lowe (Blame), and Lea Seydoux (Robin Hood) are the remaining candidates to play the role.  On Monday, Daniel Craig signed on to play the lead male role of Mikael Blomkvist.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is slated to open on December 21, 2011.

Here’s the official synopsis for the book [via Amazon.com]

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

It should also be noted that if filming is set for Sweden, then it looks like Fincher isn’t going to Americanize the movie.  The book has already been adapted into a Swedish film by Niels Arden Oplev.  It is currently available to Watch Instantly on Netflix.

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