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Category: The Millennium Trilogy

With new trailer, 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' begins to breathe its fire

May 29, 2011 |  5:46 pm

There's already a debate about how this trailer for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" got online: Was it leaked from a European theater or stealthily put there by Sony? Whatever your conspiracy theory, the source is perhaps less important than the content of this so-called "feel-bad" Christmas movie, all of which comes at us fast, gritty and stylish. (We link to the trailer here instead of embedding it because it's been red-banded, apparently owing to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it nudity shot; please use your discretion in clicking through.)

Shrewdly assuming knowledge of the Stieg Larsson literary series, the spot for the David Fincher movie eschews traditional setup and exposition in favor of quick cuts and a driving Led Zeppelin cover by Trent Reznor and Karen O. This one's for the devotees.

Still, if you pause the spot or watch it multiple times, you'll see many allusions to the mystery that Daniel Craig's Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara's Lisbeth Salander are trying to solve in the Swedish snow. It's a smart approach: The story is there for those who want it, but it's not laid out in a way that could subject it to scrutiny.

The trailer's cumulative effect is to make the movie feel both polished and raw, a sophisticated product that moves miles beyond the made-for-TV feel of the Swedish-language original. If the book and the casting already have fans excited for the first installment this December, this one will make them rapturous.


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-- Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Rooney Mara on the set of  "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." Credit: Vanity Fair


Rooney Mara, showing more than dragon tattoos

January 13, 2011 | 10:00 am

Funny how a few images can change the tenor of Interweb conversation. A few months ago, people were worrying if Rooney Mara was too sexy to pull off the toughness of Lisbeth Salander. Now people are wondering if she's too tough and not sexy enough. A photo spread in the new issue of W magazine seems calculated to dispel any notions of softness. Dispel it does, as you can see from the image in the cropped cover above. Click here for a slide show of Dress-Up: The Goth Hacker Edition.

— Steven Zeitchik


Rooney Mara's shoulder, transfixing Sweden more than ABBA

September 22, 2010 | 12:34 pm

Matt Damon, Fred Savage and Rick Astley are not dead. And, apparently, Rooney Mara was not "seriously injured" as she got in shape to play Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

It apparently all began with a report on this Swedish site -- try to read it closely and maybe you'll understand why so many gave it credibility -- that production had to be shut down after Mara injured her shoulder on the set of the David Fincher film. (At least so said some American bloggers who, apparently, speak Swedish.)

The rumor gained currency after a Perez Hilton post, whose URL claimed  that production was "shut down indefinitely after star suffers severe injury."

And then just as quickly, after conversations with Sony and Mara reps, came the headlines that "Rooney Mara  NOT Injured on Set of 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." It appears as though, at most, Mara may have tweaked her shoulder while getting in shape, but production isn't shut down and she's just fine. The Perez post has been taken down, and all seems to be proceeding apace over in Stockholm and its environs.

Internet hoaxes tend to play on what we're already predisposed to believe. And a story of Mara getting banged up feeds nicely into questions about whether the actress is tough enough to play the role of the Goth hacker and justice-seeker, which may be why so many were quick to run it. That, or someone is just a really bad Swedish translator.

--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Rooney Mara in "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (with horror-movie makeup). Credit: New Line


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The dragon tattoo who loved me?

July 27, 2010 |  4:35 pm

Daniel Craig's official commitment to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" drives home, in case it wasn't driven home enough, just how far away a new James Bond movie is from hitting the screen.

Craig will shoot David Fincher's crime remake after he finishes his current film, "Cowboys and Aliens," with production no doubt stretching reasonably deep into 2011. Even if by some bizarre miracle the MGM quagmire that has sunk Bond #23 can be resolved and development can pick up again, Craig would, at the absolute earliest, not be able to make the new spy movie until late 2011. Which would put it in theaters, also at the absolute earliest, in late 2012, four years after the last Bond movie came out.

And really, even that is a serious long shot; more likely it's much longer before we see the script Peter Morgan helped write hit the big screen.

Besides, even at the most accelerated schedule, it would still mean one of the longest gaps between Bonds in the franchise history. Bond anthologists will recall that there’s been only one delay longer than four years -- a six-year gap between Timothy Dalton's "Licence to Kill" and Pierce Brosnan's "Goldeneye." (The other four-year gap was between Brosnan's  "Die Another Day" and Craig's "Casino Royale.") It would be hands-down the longest gap between Bond movies that star the same actor.

But there's a small silver lining in this for Bond fans. The Ian Fleming franchise and Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy do share some commonalities. Mikael Blomqvist isn't driving Aston Martins or shooting pen guns. But both properties derive from globally bestselling books, involve a likable hero who's frequently on the run, showcase a woman who possesses a not inconsiderable amount of power (at least in the last 20 years of Judi Dench's M) and feature characters who track conspiracies with the help of technology (and a stiff drink). And Blomqvist, at least in Larsson's book, notches a Bond-ian level of female conquests.

Yes, that about ends the similarities. But with James Bond M.I.A., fans will at least find the actor battling evil ... somewhere in Europe.

-- Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Daniel Craig as James Bond. Credit: MGM


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