Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Hollywood style

The darkly obsessive director of Fight Club and The Social Network takes on the biggest franchise since Harry Potter­—The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. An exclusive first look from the set of the year’s most anticipated film.

By Lynn Hirschberg, Photograph by Jean-Baptiste Mondino
Styled by Trish Summerville

On a dark, icy afternoon in late November, director David Fincher was in a photo studio in Stockholm adjusting blood. The blood, which was of course fake, covered the hands of a young actress named Rooney Mara, but to Fincher’s mind, which is prone to reimagining reality in cinematic terms, the bloody hands belonged to Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Salander—an androgynous, bisexual computer hacker with multiple piercings and a distinctive tattoo on her back—is the complicated star of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” series, a trio of novels that have sold more than 50 million (and counting) copies worldwide. Larsson described Salander in opposites: slender but tough, “spidery” but elegant. Fincher, who is directing the American movie version of the first book in the series, has taken that gamine, biker-chick, downtown-girl template and tweaked it. Now she’s his.
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Lisa@ButteryBooks said...

I am really looking forward to this movie! Lisbeth is one of my favorite characters of all time.

Mark Hubbard said...

There's bad news regarding the Hollywood version. In a reprise of my own film review I originally predicted that I would be disappointed by the Hollywood version over the original version, and I've not been disappointed.

Director Fincher is going to completely change the ending. Heaven only knows the implications that then has for the remainder of the story in the next two movies.

Mark Hubbard said...

Forgot to add link to this article at

Stieg Larsson's partner Eva Gabrielsson plans to finish the fourth novel he left uncompleted on his death. According to early details culled from Gabrielsson's memoir of her life with Larsson, Millennium, Stieg and Me, which is set for publication in France and Scandinavia next week, Larsson had written 200 pages of a fourth novel in his internationally successful Millennium series before he died. Gabrielsson wants to complete it because, she says, "Stieg and I often wrote together".