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Official Dragon Tattoo Teaser Arrives
Fincher's latest still has a great promo

01 June 2011  |  Written by James White  

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Well, that didn’t take very long. After the eruption of buzz over the weekend over the "leaked"/camera-captured Red Band trailer (which has now been yanked from the 'net) for David Fincher’s take on Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the official “green band” version – i.e. the one minus the nipples and blood – has arrived online and can be viewed below.


Thankfully, what really gave the promo its impact is still intact here. Powered by a storming cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song by Karen O, it’s a dazzling mix of dark scenes and tough moments. And that tagline: “The feel-bad movie of Christmas?” A cherry on the disturbing cake. Plus now, it's not in overly dark, shaky-cam style...

Instead of directly remaking the Niels Arden Oplev version, Fincher and screenwriter Steven Zaillian have opted to go back to Larsson’s book and craft their own version, albeit with similar results.

But this teaser definitely has us primed to see the movie. Take a look and let us know what you think.

With the likes of Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer and Joely Richardson in the cast, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will leave its mark on these shores on December 26.

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RE: Why?? Why?? Why??!!
Hollywood remake almost everything good as they feel they have a divine right. I feel it will be class this time though. More

Posted by Beno at 09:12 on 06 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Why?? Why?? Why??!!
I have mixed feelings about this. I really liked the Sweedish trilogy and thought the actors did a fantastic job, but it did seem a little "televisual". I'm a massive Fincher fan and every frame of his trailer could be hung on a wall but I don't know how necessary these remakes are.  More

Posted by Workshed at 19:59 on 05 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Red Band Dragon Tattoo Teaser Leaks
As much as I enjoyed the three Swedish films, let's be honest, they were a TV series strapped together to make some movies, and the actors were being Swedish to the point of choked constraint, i.e. wooden as my coffee table from Skandium! Whether you like it or not, subtitled films don't draw in the crowds and with Hollywood money and better framing, lighting (the Swedish films were terrible), and actors, it should be a good remake as long as they remain true to the novel. People have whinged a More

Posted by mediablues at 13:02 on 03 June 2011 | Report This Post

Eh, trailer did nothing for me. I am however interested in getting that Reznor cover of Immigrant song for my collection though. Best part of the trailer! More

Posted by mentiroso at 17:01 on 02 June 2011 | Report This Post

Remake is a synonym for crap and pointless for a reason. Fincher has pretty much used up cinema goers goodwill with what will be a hat trick of turds. More

Posted by spamandham at 21:40 on 01 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: jus coz they cant be bothered to read subtitles
L: 123allsystemsgo fukin americans........ Yeah, because subtitles are so popular in the UK. Give it a rest. I'm an American who saw all three of the Swedish films (as millions of other Americans have - and the second and third were mediocre at best, btw) and I'm tired of being "fukking" stereotyped. I am no fan of remakes, whether the original films are foreign or my favorite American classics from the 70's, but with David Fincher behind the lens these films deserve a More

Posted by benskelly at 16:17 on 01 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Welcome
L: bubbmeister The original Swedish film was mediocre at best. From a classic book they drained all the excitement and produced a run of the mill thriller. Normally I have no time for US remakes of foreign films but this teaser trailer already offers more than the original. Daniel Craig??????? ay Bubbmeister! I feel exactly the same way, loved the books but the Swedish film was just a massive let down. They missed out most of the interesting parts of the book where hes finding clu More

Posted by Gazme at 14:10 on 01 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Error
The locations look the same as it is being filmed in the same/similar locations. I will go against the grain and say that the film is welcome and it is required. The book is a modern classic, the original Swedish version is just OK, it is nowhere near being a 4 or 5 star film. Had it not been for a good performance from Rapace (hardly Brando in The Godfather though) I doubt it would have made any impact. An English version is welcome because the book has the potential for a classic fi More

Posted by thelas at 09:47 on 01 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE: Same Difference
I can't argue with your reasoning TheMachine. As you stated it's just a minute of flash-cuts, and obviously you can't judge a book by its cover (pun only semi-intended), but I am only agreeing with most other comments when say it could easily be a trailer for the original. As more video is released and thorough review in this fine publication is printed it may convince me. However, at the moment I remain unsold. Will have to search for this 'W' magazine of which you speak. More

Posted by timmerpt at 19:23 on 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Not a fan of the book or the film....
I love that it's billed as the feel bad movie of the season. Bring it, I'm definitely interested. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 18:44 on 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Red Band Dragon Tattoo Teaser Leaks
Forget that it's David Fincher for just a minute and watch the trailer with fresh eyes. Whilst I agree it's a fantastic piece of marketing it does look very, very similar to the original film. Some of the images look exactly the same. For two directors to visually interpret the source material in such a similar fashion is something of a minor miracle. More

Posted by Rusty James at 15:33 on 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Whoah!
Industrial Immigrant Song sounds amazing. Big fan of the books, liked the Swedish movies as well, but if there is one director who can do the story justice it has to be David Fincher. More

Posted by thepluginbaby at 11:52 on 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Whoah!
Great trailer - but really hope Mara can match up to Noomi Rapace, who simply IS Lisbeth Salander. More

Posted by Darth Marenghi at 11:10 on 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Whoah!
Based on her performance, no they don't. However I'm happy to be proved wrong. More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 10:41 on 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Whoah!
Didn't like the book, thought the Swedish adaptation was fine, if unspectacular - but this has grabbed my attention. Fingers crossed. More

Posted by matty_b at 10:41 on 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Whoah!
Why would her part in a pointless horror remake change my opinion of the role I've actually seen her in? Does anyone bother even trying to act in those things? More

Posted by elab49 at 10:19 on 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Whoah!
You should check out her large part in the Elm Street remake. May rethink your opinion. More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 10:00 on 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Whoah!
L: musht This looks very good. Wish people would stop labelling it a 'remake', as far as I'm aware he studios or director involved have never to referred to it as such, it's just a seperate adaptation in the same way that the Cens' True Grit was a new adaptation of the book and not a remake of the John Wayne film. The source material for this film is the novel not the Swedish adaptation sp; Except the 'new' True Grit was a heck of a lot more like the original film than they seemed More

Posted by elab49 at 09:32 on 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

1:11 in the youtube that Salander in London wearing the blond wig? Looks like theyre going to end it properly in this version at least...which is awesome. The end of the Swedish version really left a bad taste in the mouth...sorta skipped out a lot of the story very annoyingly :0 Looks awesome...hope Fincher gets to do the second book and doesnt skip out freaking police bits e Swedish verison did too...which was like half the book. More

Posted by Gazme at 03:08 on 31 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Same Difference
L: timmerpt I was hoping for a different take on the story. Not completely different, but enough to warrant me seeing this one having already seen the originals but as previously stated this looks like a complete carbon copy. Count me out! on't know how you can come to that conclusion based on a minute of flash-cuts. Looking at /link] they reckon that: cher’s film departs dramatically from the book: Mikael Blomkvist is more gentlemanly, Salander (shown here on the motorcy More

Posted by TheMachine at 22:43 on 30 May 2011 | Report This Post

While I agree that this is a really stunning trailer and that David Fincher is an incredible filmmaker, I am slightly worried that this movie is just going to turn out to be a carbon-copy of the original. It's okay people saying "it's not a remake, it's based on the original books!" but so was the original. It's still a new version of a story we've already seen done very well. As someone else pointed out, the original movie is quite Fincher-esque anyway so it's difficult to see what he's More

Posted by LeonardShelby at 18:50 on 30 May 2011 | Report This Post

This looks sooooooo good......can't wait till Christmas...... More

Posted by hellsangel66 at 16:27 on 30 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Whoah!
This looks very good. Wish people would stop labelling it a 'remake', as far as I'm aware he studios or director involved have never to referred to it as such, it's just a seperate adaptation in the same way that the Cens' True Grit was a new adaptation of the book and not a remake of the John Wayne film. The source material for this film is the novel not the Swedish adaptation More

Posted by musht at 15:25 on 30 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Excellent trailer
That is a kick ass trailer and a storming cover of Immigrant Song, it's been going round and round in my head all weekend.  Also while The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo had some nice qualities the other two films were pedestrian as fuck so this is hardly sacred ground.  If Fincher's on his game, and there's no reason to expect he wont be, we could be in for a real treat. More

Posted by The Todge at 13:00 on 30 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Excellent trailer
Have to agree this is looking pretty stylish already. I loved the books but felt the original films were average, but were lifted by the amazing central performance from Noomi Rapace. The film could be made better, and if anyone can pull it off, I think Fincher can. I would not however like to be in Rooney Mara’s position, she has got a big pair of biker boots to fill. More

Posted by pixie at 12:57 on 30 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Excellent trailer
oks damn fine, I like others my objection to a re-make came out in me, but if anyone can pull it off it's Fincher and that trailer fair rocked ! More

Posted by JIm R at 11:18 on 30 May 2011 | Report This Post

It doesn't look a patch on the original. ................................... More

Posted by Evil.Groovy.Ash at 09:50 on 30 May 2011 | Report This Post

How long until the first smug 'doesn't look a patch on the original' comment? This looks visually amazing, great casting too. I'm impressed. The first one is OK when you take the tiny budget and slim post-production into account (also some terrible casting aside from the lead and poorly adapted characters such as Erika) but by the Holywood standards I didn't think so. This looks like Barcelona at their best as opposed to Gothenburg at their best, if you can forgive the football analogy. More

Posted by thelas at 09:34 on 30 May 2011 | Report This Post

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