The Stieg Larsson book The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, aka Men Who Hate Women, took Sweden and then Europe by storm, as did its sequels, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. The movies, which were released in quick succession in 2009, have proved no less popular; the chilly Swedish thrillers have sold millions of tickets across Europe. (Sadly, the author didn't live long enough to see his books published at all; Larsson died in 2004.)
Americans have wasted no time gobbling up the first two books -- the third is due for a May release here in the States -- and the first movie finally came out on March 19 to critical acclaim. Seems no one can resist uber-hacker and all-around subversive Lisbeth Salander, who inadvertently teams up with journalist Mikael Blomkvist to solve the mystery of a missing niece in Dragon Tattoo. What they uncover definitely lives up to its original name; you won't even notice the movie is 152 minutes long. Salander is one of the most interesting fictional characters to come along for quite some time, and is successfully translated to film by Noomi Rapace, whose stony glare and sharp cheekbones are only outdone by her ability to fight fire with fire.
With rumors that David Fincher is circling the inevitable remake, there's welcome news from distributors Music Box Films that The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest will also get a US release this spring, finally slaking my thirst for more Lisbeth (and more Noomi!). The question remains who could take over from Rapace as Lisbeth, since Rapace isn't attached; the rumor is Carey Mulligan is at the top of Fincher's wishlist, but I am not sure she can pull it off.
You can read the full press release at the official movie website, which is also filled to the brim with reviews, interviews, images, and more.
Have you read the books? Seen the film? Who would you pick for Lisbeth? Perhaps Natalie Portman can revisit her old character from The Professional -- Mathilda 13 years later!