But unfortunately she won’t be the girl with the dragon tattoo, as that role calls for a much younger actress to play the computer hacker/pierced rebel Lisbeth Salander. Instead, Robin Wright is in negotiations to join Daniel Craig in the David Fincher-directed remake as Craig’s lover, Erika Berger, a role originally played by Lena Endre. As with everyone else involved in the remake, Wright is negotiation to do all three films in the trilogy — assuming the first one does well enough to warrant two more sequels, that is.
All three original Swedish films, based on the novels by Stieg Larsson, were International hits, but that was the first time around. This remake is the second go’round, and whose to say it still has the draw? Especially since, from what we’re hearing, David Fincher plans on literally redoing the original in almost every way, including keeping the original character’s names and Swedish locales.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: why in the world would you invest all this money and effort to remake a movie if you’re not even going to bother transplanting the storyline? It’s not as if “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” has such a “Swedish” storyline that it must be set in Sweden at all costs. It’s essentially a crime/mystery movie, with Lisbeth’s anti-social troubles easily translatable to any Western culture. But hey, I’m not David Fincher, so whatever.
Also: Stellan Skarsgard has been cast as Martin Vanger, one of the suspects in the movie’s main crime that Daniel Craig’s journalist character is attempting to solve with the help of Lisbeth Salander.