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Daniel Craig to star in American version of "Dragon Tattoo"

Craig 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.

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Rosa St.Claire

Connie, you made my day after reading this!

CarolK

Oh, thanks heavens! I had heard rumors of two other actors possibly playing Mikael Blomkvist and I just couldn't see either in the role. After viewing "The Girl Who Played With Fire" this past Friday evening, I commented that Daniel Craig might ace the American version, if only directors and producers were savvy enough to see his potential. From thinking I might not want to see the US take on book to screen after seeing the fine performances by Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace, I'm now breathlessly awaiting opening night!

cs

GREAT casting!

jwilliford

Meh. I like Daniel Craig, but I've seen too many screwed up American remakes of European films to get too excited (i.e Point of No Return is 109 minutes I'd really love to have back). Fingers crossed, but not holding my breath.

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