Three More Cast In The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Fincher Compares It To Chinatown

By Eric Eisenberg 2010-10-07 14:06:22discussion comments
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With The Social Network a critical smash and working its magic in theaters, attention can now be dedicated to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher's follow-up and adaptation of the best selling novel. Currently in production in Sweden with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara as the stars, the film is certainly one of the most anticipated of 2011. Now they've added three more names to the cast.

Swedish website SvD (translated to English) reports that Joely Richardson, Steven Berkoff and David Dencik have joined the cast that also includes Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright and Stellan Skarsgard. Dencik, who played Janne Dahlman in the Swedish adaptations of the book, is the first actor to be in both versions of the book. For those unfamiliar with the story, Craig plays a journalist who is hired by an aging industrialist (Plummer) to find out who murdered his niece forty years before.

The website also got the opportunity to speak with Fincher about the project, who, at first, was a bit dismissive, saying, "I've just started with it. I have not had time to figure out some cliché answers yet to use when I asked about it," but then confirmed that while he has an appreciation for the Swedish film, they are making their own adaptation of the book and that his goal is to create an "atmosphere reminiscent of Chinatown." It's also worth noting that he hasn't committed himself to making the full trilogy, saying, "If the first is not good, it's no use to do more."

Having read the both the book and seen the first film, I'm elated to hear that Fincher is making his own adaptation, rather than a remake. While far from a bad film, the Swedish version cut out and changed so much from the story that it felt rushed and underdone even with a 150 minute run-time. While I've been a fan of every Fincher film since Se7en, never has my confidence in him been higher than after seeing The Social Network, and I can only see him doing great things with Stieg Larsson's book.
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