Music Box Films will release "The Girl Who Played With Fire" - the sequel to the wildly successful "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" - in NY on July 2nd, and LA on July 9th, followed by a national release. This comes just four months after the distribution released its predecessor - which has become a considerable art house success, grossing $6,274,044 Stateside so far.
"Fire" reunites Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth, the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker, along with Michael Nyqvist who again portrays Mikael Blomkvist, the crusading journalist cum amateur sleuth. This time, the pair investigates a suspected sex-trafficking operation with underage girls in Sweden.
The film is adapted from Stieg Larsson's book series. Larsson died suddenly in 2004 and left behind three unpublished novels known as the Millennium trilogy. Since his first novel "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" was published in Sweden in 2005, the trilogy has become a major international sensation with 21 million copies sold in over 40 countries. "The Girl Who Played With Fire" was published in the U.S. in July 2009 and became the first translated work in 25 years to reach number one on the New York Times bestseller hardcover list.
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest," the third novel in the trilogy was published in the U.S. on May 25. The film adaptation will be released by Music Box Films on October 15, 2010.