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Fincher Calls Girl with Dragon Tattoo Swedish Noir, Adds Cast, as Filming Begins in Stockholm

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 8, 2010 at 4:30AM

As he starts production of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in Stockholm, David Fincher's final cast is looking good. The director told Sweden's SvD that he's added Joely Richardson (Anita Vanger), Steven Berkoff (Frode) and David Dencik (young Detective Morell) to the ensemble led by The Social Network's Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander), Daniel Craig (Mikael Blomkvist), Robin Wright (Erika Berger), Christopher Plummer (Henrik Vanger) and Stellan Skarsgard (Martin Vanger).
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As he starts production of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in Stockholm, David Fincher's final cast is looking good. The director told Sweden's SvD that he's added Joely Richardson (Anita Vanger), Steven Berkoff (Frode) and David Dencik (young Detective Morell) to the ensemble led by The Social Network's Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander), Daniel Craig (Mikael Blomkvist), Robin Wright (Erika Berger), Christopher Plummer (Henrik Vanger) and Stellan Skarsgard (Martin Vanger).

Fincher told SvD that his version of Dragon Tattoo is not a remake of the Swedish film; it will differ atmospherically, he said, calling it "Swedish Noir." (I've fixed up Google's rough translation from the Swedish):

- Steve Zaillian has written the new screenplay, and he has based it on the [Stieg Larsson] book and made his own version. Sure, there are scenes that will resemble ones in the Swedish film, but it is the book that we are filming.

- I'm looking to try to catch Sweden. I hope I can find an atmosphere reminiscent of "Chinatown."


This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Studios, In Production, Production , David Fincher, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Thriller, Remake, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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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.