It's official: Comingsoon.net reports that Brit Daniel Craig - the only James Bond I ever want to see in this bathing suit - will star as crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist in director David Fincher's version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, based on the bestselling Stieg Larsson novels.
The deal, says Comingsoon, includes both sequels, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
Still no word on who will play punk computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, still the trickiest bit of casting in the films. But the casting of Craig, which is inspired, seems to indicate we're going to see someone better than, say, Kristen Stewart in the role that Noomi Rapace has played so well. Rumors say she'll be an unknown. Sounds good to me.
Fincher's Dragon Tattoo is expected to be released in December of 2011, but you can rent Niels Arden Oplov's fine Swedish-language version, and the sequel The Girl Who Played with Fire is still in area theaters.