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The Best Director Oscar that once seemed promised to him now may be slipping out of David Fincher's hands, as The King's Speech director Tom Hooper moves up in the pack and The Social Network's Best Picture win seems more in doubt than ever. So even though Fincher would probably much rather hunker down on the set of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and give the rest of the world a giant middle finger, he's instead agreeing to extensive celebrity profiles, the latest in the new, glossy Hollywood Reporter.
It's not all that different from the big W Magazine photoshoot from last month, and absent any of the new images from the Dragon Tattoo set. There is a titillating details in there, though, that's gotten at least all the guy-centric movie blogs in a tizzy. Fincher showed the THR reporter his mock-up for what he wants the Dragon Tattoo poster to be, and well, you're pretty much guaranteed to never see it yourself:
It shows actor Daniel Craig half-hidden behind co-star Rooney Mara, who's looking directly into the camera. Her hair is spiky, her face pierced with rings, her body covered in tattoos. It's black and white and beautiful, but there's no way in hell any studio will ever let Fincher use it, as he knows.
Someday there will be a feminist literature thesis written about Lisbeth Salander, and why the entire world is obsessed both with his spiky appearance and the idea of seeing her naked. In the meantime, though, we've got this poster and the images that came online last month, emphasizing both Salander's rough edges and sex appeal. You can count on the eventual poster to do the same, and probably be some variation of what Fincher showed the reporter, though doubtlessly with more modesty added.
Weirdly there's another detail about a movie poster in the story, this one about the Social Network's iconic "Punk. Prophet. Billionaire" poster. Apparently Fincher originally wanted to include the epithet "Judas," but was overruled by the studio. You can read more details like that, along with the general history of Fincher's career in case you need a refresher, in the full article.