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Craig Nails Down Girl with Dragon Tattoo and Sequels

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 26, 2010 at 8:21AM

As I watched Daniel Craig at Comic-Con and the footage from Jon Favreau's Cowboys and Aliens, I crossed my fingers that he would play Mikael Blomqvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And sure enough, Deadline reports that the deal is done.
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Thompson on Hollywood

As I watched Daniel Craig at Comic-Con and the footage from Jon Favreau's Cowboys and Aliens, I crossed my fingers that he would play Mikael Blomqvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And sure enough, Deadline reports that the deal is done.

The tricky thing that had to be navigated was how all the studios would map out the schedule for all the films Craig has coming up--from James Bond and Cowboys and Aliens, which just started filming, to the fast-tracked sequels to Dragon Tattoo. Bond is still on hold for now, but that will be a priority for Craig later on. But Sony wants him badly enough to take that chance. Now Dragon Tattoo will start after Craig finishes Cowboys and Aliens.

Why is Craig such a hot ticket? He's in his prime, virile and dangerous--as well as having the attributes of a great character actor. He changes like a chameleon from role to role, and is always utterly believable. He's capable of being a good guy or a bad guy.

And yet based on the footage I saw, I have mixed feelings about Cowboys and Aliens. I take westerns seriously and while Favreau is clearly trying to channel Sergio Leone (harmonicas and all), and wants the film to start from a pure western base, seeing Craig fight aliens disturbed me. Westerns are about America's image of itself, they are not about high-tech VFX and explosions. As much as I admire the creative people behind Cowboys and Aliens, including the writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the footage left me unsettled. Of course, this cobbled together footage does not reflect the experience of an entire film.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Franchises, Genres, Independents, Stuck In Love, In Production, Jon Favreau, David Fincher, Comic-Con, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Thriller, Western, DreamWorks, Screenwriters


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.