Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dragon casting

Last month, I finished the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. If you haven't read it, you should...but be warned, it can be difficult with some very difficult scenes. I love the story, I love how the story was set up, I love the Swedish background. The movies have been made in swedish and two have been released here in the States. Well, Hollywood will begin filming these movies soon. They just cast Daniel Craig in the role of Mikael Blomqvist. I like that casting.

They also cast Rooney Mara in the Lisbeth Salander role. I don't know who she is, but I like that they picked a relative unknown to do it. She also looks a lot like I thought Salander would look. The first of the three films won't be out till December of next year.


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The Eastley Family said...

Oddly enough, there's football connections to the movie.
from Peter King's SI page:

Rooney Mara's life is about to change. Chris Mara's life might too. Chris Mara is the Giants' longtime vice president of player evaluation, and Patricia Rooney Mara, one of four children in one of football's most prestigious families, was born a year before the Giants won their first Super Bowl in 1986. Chris is married to the former Kathleen Rooney, one of Dan Rooney's nieces. That makes Rooney the granddaughter of the late Giants' owner, Wellington Mara, the niece of current Giants co-owner John Mara, and the grandniece of Dan Rooney ... and the sister of Kate Mara, who is a star in her own right, having been featured in several films, including the football cult hit We Are Marshall.

Last week, Rooney Mara won the lead role in what could be a very big movie, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, based on the first of a trilogy of red-hot crime mysteries by Swedish reporter Stieg Larsson, who tragically died just as he finished the third book. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is popular all over the world, but especially in Sweden, where, amazingly, one third of the population has bought a copy.

I've read all three books. They're terrific, taut thrillers, starring a brilliant, odd and anti-social private investigator and computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander. There are several graphic and sexually disturbing scenes in the book (who knows how they'll look in the movie), and I warned Chris Mara the other day he might want to prepare himself for a few stunners with his little girl. I told him this isn't We Are Marshall.

He sad he knew, and he said his kids have reminded him about the difference between movies and real life.

"I can't tell you how many times I have heard, 'It's only acting, Dad,''' Mara told me the other day.

Sam said...

Kent-- that is actually a pretty interesting story, thanks for passing it along.