Monday, August 16, 2010

Press Release: Rooney Mara cast as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake.




(Culver City, August 16, 2010) -- Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara have been cast in the lead roles of Columbia Pictures’ three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy under the direction of David Fincher. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – the first film of the series, which also includes The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest – begins shooting next month in Sweden. The screenplay is written by Steve Zaillian and the film is being produced by Scott Rudin, Cean Chaffin, Ole Sondberg and Søren Stærmose. Mikael Wallen and Anni Fernandez are executive producers. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is set for worldwide release December 21, 2011.

The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson has been published in 44 countries and has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide thus far. In the U.S. alone, the series has sold over 10 million copies, and the sales were recently calculated at the remarkable rate of one book per second. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has broken sales records in virtually every country in which it has been published. It has sold over 5 million copies in the U.S. and has out-sold any other e-book in that rapidly expanding market. A literary phenomenon, all three books currently sit atop the New York Times Best Seller lists. In describing the scale of Larsson’s achievement,The Economist said: “Stieg Larsson’s vivid characters, the depth of the detail across the three books, the powerfully imaginative plot, and the sheer verve of the writing make the trilogy a masterpiece of its genre.” Michiko Kakutani, of The New York Times, described the Lisbeth character: “Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson’s fierce pixie of a heroine, is one of the most original characters in a thriller to come along in a while – a gamin, Audrey Hepburn look-alike but with tattoos and piercings, the take-no-prisoners attitude of Lara Croft and the cool, unsentimental intellect of Mr. Spock. She is the vulnerable victim turned vigilante; a willfully antisocial girl . . . who has proved herself to be as incandescently proficient as any video game warrior.” The three novels have all become #1 worldwide bestsellers, an achievement unrivaled in trade book publishing.


Anonymous said...


No one they were going to cast was going to live up to the original girls' flawless book-to-screen performance of the Swedish films.

I've only seen Mara in Elm St, and my was she ever dull and boring. Hope she proves me wrong.

I think this is a bad choice, and an unknown should have been cast.


Scott Mendelson said...

I wasn't the biggest fan of the original film, so I'm not as picky about who they chose. As for Mara, she will be featured in David Fincher's The Social Network, which is probably why she ended up getting the part. You have to remember that for 99% of the populace, Rooney Mara is an unknown.

As for her talents, I've only seen her in Elm Street, although by coincidence the Dare blu ray arrived in the mail on Saturday (it's a drama with Emmy Rossum, Alan Cumming, and Mara). We'll definitely make a point to watch it tonight. As for Elm Street, not even Kyle Gallner survived that debacle.


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