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Stellan Skarsgard Wants A Dragon Tattoo
As does Robin Wright

06 August 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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David Fincher might still be trying to decide which young actress should nab the plum role of Lisbeth Salander opposite Daniel Craig’s Blomkvist in his Sweden-set/English-language remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but it appears he’s moving a little quicker to fill the other roles, with Stellan Skarsgard in talk to play Martin Vanger.

Martin is, of course, one of the sprawling Vanger family led by patriarch Henrik, who hires Blomkvist and Salander to investigate a 40-year-old mystery about a missing girl. Deep, dark secrets are revealed and (mild spoiler alert!) Marty will play a part in revealing them.

Skarsgard, last seen in Angels & Demons, seems like the perfect choice given his acting cred and the fact that he’s actually Swedish (even if that makes us worry he’ll make Daniel Craig sound like he’s just faking the accent).

"I have met Fincher, I want to work with him, and he wants to work with me. I have had a concrete offer and now we are in negotiations," Skarsgard tells Variety. "The contract is for the period September to March, but I don't know yet when I am supposed to start my part of the film. Most of it is to be shot in Stockholm, but some studio work will be done in the U.S. I think there might be some location work there as well, when it becomes too dark to shoot here."

And according to Deadline, Skarsgard is not the only actor now meeting with Fincher about a role. Robin Wright is considering the part of Erika Berger, publisher of investigative journalism magazine Millennium and the friend/occasional lover to Blomkvist.

Steven Zaillian has written and is still polishing the script, and has also reportedly been asked by the producers to start work on adapting Stieg Larsson’s follow-up novel The Girl who Played With Fire. It's worth noting that all the actors are pondering deals that will include options to keep them on for the complete trilogy, should the other two films come to pass.

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I'll be in line for these America Remakes
People blah on, those damn yanks and all that jazz But for someone who didn't like Let the right one in, I can't wait for the American remake, same with this one I don't care it's set in Sweden (i was hoping for the states) but I do want American and British accents. Or just american ones More

Posted by monkeyhumour at 22:54 on 07 August 2010 | Report This Post

skarsgard was in one of my favourites insomnia
daniel craig is an amazing actor but he is james bond he is a face too well known cast an actor who isn't that famous like tom berenger or stellan skarsgard who even looks like blomkvist from the original film... jennifer jason leigh was born to play lisbeth but this is 2010 we need a younger actress evan rachel wood sarah polley clea duvall More

Posted by bill the butcher at 20:46 on 07 August 2010 | Report This Post

think again mr fincher...
I love the book, the movie and everything Fincher has done but why, why, why do we need this remake? There really is nothing in the original to improve on as far as i can see. More

Posted by redman at 19:10 on 07 August 2010 | Report This Post

I've seen the original...
...I'm about to read the books. I'm intrigued to see where they're gonna go with these remakes. I trust Mr Fincher to do the right thing... More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 at 04:26 on 07 August 2010 | Report This Post

No Need!
There is no need for this film to be made! The version that is already out is an excellent adaptation of the book and has been cast perfectly. Why the americans insist on doing remakes of excellent foreign language films is beyond me. More

Posted by robertb1989 at 02:00 on 07 August 2010 | Report This Post

I was excited until I saw where it was set
Fincher is brillaint. Rapace and co pulled off a great movie. The books were marvellous. I posted on amazon in March how I wanted Stellan Skarsgard as Martin Vanger. I'm pleased. I must say: WHAT THE HECK IS FINCHER DOING!! I know this is a 'new adaptation' and not strictly a remake but what is the point in doing another film so soon if they are not going to relocate it to North America. I find it disrespectful to the makers of the first adaptation. Give it a couple of years. Sur More

Posted by ashkam at 23:06 on 06 August 2010 | Report This Post

First Let the right one in - NOW this... Why can't Americans READ SUBTITLES??? O yeah, idle & Thick? More

Posted by GingerRogers at 18:50 on 06 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Needs to be set in Europe
All they need to do now is film it in Finnish to complete the mind-pissery of whatthefuckisms.  More

Posted by UTB at 13:46 on 06 August 2010 | Report This Post

Needs to be set in Europe
The nazi-element of the story makes it very logical that it should be set in Europe. Also, it''s beginning to look like blonde hair is an absolute casting requirement.. (Excluding Lisbeth, one hopes.) More

Posted by Elvine at 13:20 on 06 August 2010 | Report This Post

Like everyone else here I'm confused, I assumed the remake would be US set, so what really is the f**king point of doing a remake but still setting it in Sweden? If you're going to remake an already excellent/recent movie surely Fincher would want to put his own stamp on it. More

Posted by Blyman at 11:46 on 06 August 2010 | Report This Post

What i don't get is, it's an English remake but they still want a foreign accent? what's the point? i'd rather read the subtitles than listen to Craig try a dodgy Swedish accent More

Posted by princess_movie at 10:59 on 06 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Great casting choice
SPOILER ALERT I can't but think about why Kevin Spacey left his name out of the credits in Seven as having a big name in a seemingly mundane support role gives away the identity of the villain. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 10:47 on 06 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Great casting choice
As the 2 book-sequels are about swedish crimes, swedish and european criminals and especially swedish politics and history it makes no sense at all NOT to keep the swedish setting. SPOILER: There is even a former swedish prime minister involved for christ sake! I mean: How swedish can you get? Larson's work is great because of his knowledge of swedish politics and covering that in an very interesting story with strong charaters. BTW Robin Wright (Penn? Got divorced yesterday!) woul More

Posted by Roderich at 10:38 on 06 August 2010 | Report This Post

Great casting choice
Not sure if I would describe setting the remake in Sweden as 'bold'. I'd go with 'unnecessary'. Still, I have the utmost faith in David Fincher, and Skarsgaard is always worth watching. I am intrigued, to say the least More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 21:00 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

I have to admit the idea of setting this is Sweden is brave but I have faith that Fincher knows what he's doing and Craig is perfect for Blomvist and Skarsgard a Martin Vanger is smart casting, I remember watching the swedish original (a cracking film) and thinking Max Von Sydow would make a great Henrik Vanger. I think Fincher is going to do his adaptation of Larson's book and not remake of the outstanding original, I'm still intrigued by the choice to do it in Sweden but a huge fan of the bo More

Posted by agent cooper at 20:06 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

Remaking it and casting Martin Vagner (Spoiler)
I thought when they were remaking this it was going to be located in America, hence the remake. But to remake it in Sweden is a bold move. Are we going to have a Valkyrie and have the characters start talking Swedish and fade into English? And I was discussing with a friend who I thought should play Martin Vagner. I said Clooney to really go against type, he's a similar age and getting him not play to his normal charming, assured self would be refreshing. And to see him threatening someone with More

Posted by Leightwinst at 19:14 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

Well this makes even less sense. It's an American remake but still going to be set in Sweden? I love Fincher and think Skarsgard and Craig are perfect choices for the roles but I wish they'd do something different with the material. More

Posted by LeonardShelby at 17:35 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

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