Rooney Mara Says Daniel Craig Won't Be Written Out Of The Girl Who Played With Fire

Those familiar with Stieg Larsson's dark Swedish thriller trilogy known as the Millennium series know that Lisbeth Salander is lynchpin that brings the story together and is the central focus, but they also can't deny the importance of investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Thus it was odd when a rumor popped up earlier this week saying that there was a possibility that the lead male character, played by Daniel Craig, would be getting written out of The Girl Who Played With Fire due to contract and money issues. But now Craig's co-star has ridden in to splash some cold water on those reports.

MTV recently caught up with Rooney Mara, who earned an Oscar nomination for her turn as Salander in David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and when they asked her about the reports surrounding Craig she completely denied it. Talking about the developing sequel and the director, the actress said, ""I've been talking a lot with [David Fincher] about the sequel, and I don't know where that rumor was started — but it would never be a possibility. He wouldn't be written out."

But while it's cause for celebration that Craig will likely be back for The Girl Who Played With Fire, there remains to be question marks surrounding Fincher's involvement. Following Mara's responses about Craig, the outlet took the opportunity to ask whether or not Fincher would be coming back for the sequel.. "I would hope that he would," she said. "But no matter what, he'll definitely have some sort of involvement."

The Girl Who Played With Fire is still in development and does not yet have a release date.

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