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Momentum Pictures and Yellow Bird Films have released an English-language UK trailer for Niels Arden Oplev's upcoming thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author Stieg Larsson. (Fun fact: Its Swedish title translates to Men Who Hate Women.) So what are you waiting for, book nerds? Get your first glimpse of the Swedish trilogy-starter, about a disgraced journalist and a cyberpunk chick who team up to investigate a decades-old murder in the dark and snowy climes of modern-day Scandinavia!
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is based on the It book du jour by the late author Stieg Larsson, in which journalist Mikael Blomkvist is enlisted to investigate a mysterious possible murder that may or may not have taken place decades ago in a small Swedish town. Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) joins forces with a brilliant hacker, the titular Lisbeth Salander, played by striking Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, who Cinematical's Peter Hall compares to "a Suicide Girl version of Kristen Bell."
More on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the UK trailer below.
Oplev's original Swedish version is set to hit American theaters this March, which is when we'll see if The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is really this year's Let the Right One In. Like Tomas Alfredson's haunting film about a boy and the vampire girl he loves, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hails from Sweden, is adapted from a novel, has already built a small but strong following, and will eventually be remade into an English-language version. (Sony optioned the remake rights to TGWTDT with Steven Zaillian scripting, while Cloverfield director Matt Reeves will debut his Americanized version of Let the Right One In, retitled Let Me In, this October).
Meanwhile, Larsson's three-book "Millenium Trilogy" has already been turned into a trio of Swedish language films, the first of which -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -- is already the most-watched Swedish film of all time. (Its sequels, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, were released in Sweden in September and November of 2009.)
Watch the UK trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo below and tell us what you think about the novel, the Swedish adaptation, and the forthcoming American remake. (But no spoilers please, I'm only halfway through the book!) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens in limited release in New York and Los Angeles March 12, 2010.
(via Movie City News)