Watch: Badass Red Band Teaser Trailer For David Fincher's 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Leaks

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 28, 2011 8:29 AM
29 Comments
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Well, it was inevitable this would happen, so enjoy it while you can. The much-buzzed-about red band trailer for David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" has leaked to the web via someone's better-than-average cam capture. As you know, it features Trent Reznor and Karen O ripping through a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." Also? It fucking rules.

The big story about 'Dragon Tattoo' is the transformational performance by Rooney Mara and in the brief glimpses we get here, she looks undeniably fierce. Yes, for you perverts out there, there is a brief glimpse of nudity but your boners may be softened by the overall unbelievably grim tone and dour look Fincher brings to the dark story. In fact, it seems like the darkest film -- at least visually -- Fincher has tackled since "Se7en." Appropriately, the film is tagged: "The Feel Bad Movie Of Christmas." No doubt.

Starring Mara, Daniel Craig, Robin Wright, Christopher Plummer, Joely Richardson, Steven Berkoff, David Dencik, Stellan Skarsgård, Yorick van Wageningen, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Mathilda von Essen and Goran Visnjic, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" opens on December 21st. Watch the spot below while you can. We'll update with an official version when it becomes available. [via /Film]

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29 Comments

  • chris | May 31, 2011 11:04 AMReply

    haters gon hate - but that trailer looks awesome - am i alone in thinking that the first set of "dragon..." films were horrible?

  • Stephen | May 30, 2011 8:34 AMReply

    Slightly above average pulp usually can make for pretty good movies. See: The Silence of the Lambs. Bad pulp, you can't do much with. See: any James Patterson adaptation.

  • JAB | May 30, 2011 6:22 AMReply

    The 1st 2 films of the Swedish trilogy were pretty damn good, but, by no means, perfect --except for Rapace's Salander. (The 3rd film, like the novels, was a definite fall off.)
    David Fincher is perfect for this material. (Name another director --without prior knowledge-- ever more suited for a novel's translation. Spielberg & "Jaws" does not count. Coppola & "The Godfather I & II does not count. )
    This trailer looks very promising. It looks like viral marketing on a very high order. I doubt this is a "bootleg".

  • Unneeded | May 29, 2011 11:13 AMReply

    A remake of a perfectly good Swedish film released just a year ago. Congratulations David Fincher you are officially a tool for un-original Hollywood studios looking for a cash grab. Sad.

  • carrie | May 29, 2011 8:56 AMReply

    it's a copycat:same movie but with different actors because i can say all the original movie is in the trailer , the tagline is idiot and i dislike the SEVEN feelling in it

  • mpbstereo | May 29, 2011 8:45 AMReply

    I see no reason to be disappointed, with that this teaser is showing.

    Though, I have to wonder about Fincher's choice to keep the story in Sweden. I've always found it a bit disingenuous when filmmakers portray another country in English with localized accents (I can only imagine what American audiences would think of a foreign film depicting Americans played by, say, Italians, speaking Italian with an American accent...)

    Not only that, but to draw a comparison to a recently remade Swedish film, I think Let Me In worked within its historical and geographical context. Reeves' adding of a dash of subtext (Reagan era, cold war, etc.) allowed it to stand apart from Let The Right One In, in a genuinely American context, without losing the emotional punch of the original.

    I understand that Larsson's work is meant as a scathing indictment of social, historical, and cultural values of the Swedish elite, but I wonder if NOT locating this adaptation in the States represents a missed opportunity to shine a light on a value system that often gets a free pass in American cinema.

    Whatever the case, I do admire Fincher for rarely taking the easy way out with his projects.

  • THe Playlist | May 29, 2011 7:08 AMReply

    Can someone recut this trailer using Led Zeppelin's version of the Immigrant Song since that's what Fincher would have liked if he had the rights? Would rather listen to that version than this Karen O one, no offense.

  • TheoC | May 29, 2011 6:31 AMReply

    Tagline is a real stinker but everything else about the trailer fills me with hope, it may also be that I don't have to hear Daniel Craig.

    I need that MP3.

    This will be the definitive dragon tattoo, so I wont have to listen to anyone speak about the horrible swedish movies.

  • Cory Everett | May 29, 2011 4:27 AMReply

    That is so fucking badass.

  • Jessica Kiang | May 29, 2011 4:21 AMReply

    Looks great, but is it only me who thinks the whole "feel bad movie of Christmas" tagline is totally at odds with the film? Sounds like the tag for something more arch and ironic - you could see something like it being used to promote Fight Club which was kind of meta and self-aware, but if, as this seems, Dragon Tattoo is going to be tonally more in the Se7en realm, well, you wouldn't have sold Se7en that way, would you?

    I hope they change it to something a little less smart alecky and self-referential.

  • Jesus H Christ!!! | May 29, 2011 4:21 AMReply

    that was just the most hardcore trailer i saw this year!!! love the part where they goa ll gritty and Se&enish; when the supers come!!!

  • gonad | May 29, 2011 2:19 AMReply

    hmm i wonder how Fincher feels spending seven months shooting this movie only for blurry cam footage to leak before a official HD release. break your back for seven months then the first thing people see of your hard work is blurry.

  • Rszanto | May 29, 2011 2:19 AMReply

    It's a great trailer, but I wouldn't quite describe it as cutting edge...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gXY3kuDvSU

  • mary | May 29, 2011 1:59 AMReply

    Based on the article, it looks like the story of David Fincher‘s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is meaningfully different form the novel (and the original movie)

    http://www.wmagazine.com/celebrities/2011/02/rooney_mara_girl_with_the_dragon_tattoo_film?printable=true

  • Glass | May 29, 2011 1:59 AMReply

    Sweet jesus. The thing I love about Fincher trailers is they're amazing and cutting-edge, but the movies are usually better than them. It's no Watchmen trailer situation. This looks solid.

  • James | May 28, 2011 12:53 PMReply

    I was at both the Landmark and the Arclight in LA this weekend for other movies, neither one had the DRAGON TATTOO trailer on any of their prints of HANGOVER. I'm exceptionally grateful to the kind soul who posted this, though the Sony lawyers will undoubtedly rip it down soon. (Why they're going to do this is beyond me, someone is promoting their movie for free).

  • Lincoln | May 28, 2011 12:14 PMReply

    Beautiful and dark. With regard to the quick cuts, it's a teaser. I think it's a good way to get a feel of the different things we're going to see in this film.

    And damn, I want that song for my collection.

  • adrian | May 28, 2011 11:02 AMReply

    Repeat after me: KUBRICK! KUBRICK! KUBRICK!

  • Mer | May 28, 2011 10:51 AMReply

    I third the "I came"...also I would like to add that cover of immigrant song to my led collection...where do I find it!?

  • Liana | May 28, 2011 10:24 AMReply

    The Swedish wasn't spectacular, but enjoyable to watch none the less. Noomi made the film, so don't know if Rooney is going to live up. Plus, I heard something about Swedish accents, which I'm not sure about.

  • Pierre | May 28, 2011 9:56 AMReply

    That's a shitload of quick cuts.

  • Paul | May 28, 2011 9:20 AMReply

    I really enjoyed the original but in my eyes what carried that film was the pulpy Stieg Larsson story (which I knew nothing about before watching the film) & Noomi Rapace. The filmmaking was serviceable if a little cheesy (the computer screens floating over Lisbeth's head as she worked was so 1990).

    With Fincher behind the story, a filmmaker who envisions every shot & it's meaning before hand I can only imagine this will be another case of a remake that deserves to exist.

  • James | May 28, 2011 9:17 AMReply

    @ The Playlist

    I fully expect the film to surpass the original (not that difficult of a feat as you mentioned). This will just have to be a wait-and-see thing for me, but it does have the possibility of being very, very good

  • Kevin Jagernauth | May 28, 2011 9:05 AMReply

    On paper, "Seven" was pretty pulpy too but I expect Fincher and the cast to elevate the material.

  • The Playlist | May 28, 2011 9:04 AMReply

    @James

    I feel the exact way about The Social Network. Was well directed, but not especially an amazing or deep story. As we once wrote, the best directed episode of Law & Order you'll see.

    That said, this looks great and the original movie was really mediocre. The cover, I dunno, Karen O's voice just doesn't compare with Robert Plants (obviously, not many voices do).

  • Jake | May 28, 2011 8:56 AMReply

    I second the 'I came.'

  • James | May 28, 2011 8:46 AMReply

    Here's the problem with this whole thing: the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is just not that great of a story.

    I've seen the original film and read the book, and it's just slightly above-average pulp. I'm sure Fincher will do a fine job directing this film, but I'm not sure how great it will be as a whole.

  • Michael Bay | May 28, 2011 8:45 AMReply

    Once again, why the remake?

    But the bigger question is why would Fincher waste time making this instead of something more original?

  • sam | May 28, 2011 8:42 AMReply

    I came.

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