Release Date Set for GIRL WITH DRAGON

The English-language film version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has just been scheduled for release on December 21, 2011, reports the movie news site Deadline, which also comments, “…with the Swedish film version having made $100+M worldwide so far this year, many quarters are predicting that Sony Pictures will screw up the Hollywood version.”

The leads have not yet been cast, but “the studio continues talking with Daniel Craig to play publisher Mikael Blomkvist” and several actresses are rumored to be in the running for the role of Lisbeth Salander:

  • Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, scheduled for March 25, 2011)
  • Sara Snook (Sleeping Beauty, scheduled for release in Australia in 2011)
  • Rooney Mara (The Social Network, coming Oct 1, based on the book Accidental Billionaires, by Ben Mezrich; it is directed by David Fincher, who will also direct Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
  • Sophie Lowe (Blame, Australia; no release date set for the US)

Noomi Rapace, who has been praised for her work in the Swedish-language version, is not in the running. She has made it clear in interviews that she does not want to revisit the character. Kristen Stewart, Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson have all been rumored for the part, too, but they are not included in Deadline’s list.

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