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Last year I purchased the novel, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo but didn’t get around to reading it. By strange coincidence I started to read it a last week, then whist at the cinema a few days later I saw a trailer for the movie, I had no idea the movie had even been made.  I am only halfway through reading the book so can not be certain where it is going but the two hundred and something pages I have read so far are totally brilliant. The novel is the first part of the “Millennium” trilogy by Stieg Larsson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest). The trilogy are Larsson’s only novels, a journalist by trade, the novels were originally written for his own pleasure and enjoyment, he died of a heart attach before they were published. Together the original Swedish version and the English translation of the trilogy have sold over 20 million copies worldwide.  All three movies where released in Scandinavia last year, the first one is due to be released here in the UK on the 12th March this year and in the USA a week later.  There are no dates for the other two as yet.

Without giving away too much plot (I don’t know it all myself yet): Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is a middle aged journalist who is sentenced to three months in prison following a conviction for libel. Before beginning his sentence he agrees to investigate a disappearance and possible murder on behalf of a wealthy retired industrialist Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube). Blomkvist is helped by Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) an investigator, researcher and computer hacker who is brilliant, beautiful (despite her unconventional appearance) but is also somewhat eccentric totally lacking in social skills.

I will finish the book in the in the next few days and am really looking forward to the film. I also really like the look of the posters.

 

Negotiations are underway for the inevitable Hollywood remake with some big named stars and directors being suggested.  Here are a few possible ideas on casting:

  • Viggo Mortensen as Mikael Blomkvist
  • An unknown actress as Lisbeth Salander
  • Robin Wright-Penn as Erika Berger
  • Max Von Sydow as Henrik Vanger
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