The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an English-language film adaptation of the 2005 novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. The film is the 2nd adaptation, the first being the 2009 Swedish-language film. The English-language film is directed by my favorite director David Fincher based on an adapted screenplay by Steven Zaillian. In early 2010, producer Scott Rudin began developing the project under Columbia Pictures, and by April, David Fincher was attached as director.
Shooting began in Stockholm, Sweden in September 2010. It moved to Zurich, Switzerland in early December 2010, before breaking for Christmas. Production will resume at the Sony Studios and Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, before returning to Sweden in the spring. In May of 2011, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer became a co-financier, putting up 20% of the film's budget, and getting some international TV rights.Jeff Cronenweth replaced original cinematographer Fredrik Bäckar after eight weeks.
On May 28, 2011, a short red band trailer for the film leaked online, but was later taken down by Sony. It featured a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" performed by Trent Reznor and Karen O. However, some have speculated that this was part of an elaborate advertising stunt by Sony; as the quality of both sound and picture was just too good to be that of a handycam recording, as well as the trailer bearing the MPAA R-rated red-card exclusive to previews in America, despite supposedly being filmed in an Eastern-European cinema.
- Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist
- Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander
- Robin Wright as Erika Berger
- Stellan Skarsgård as Martin Vanger
- Christopher Plummer as Henrik Vanger
- Geraldine James as Cecilia Vanger
- Joely Richardson as Anita Vanger
- Joel Kinnaman as Christer Malm
- Yorick van Wageningen as Nils Bjurman
- Goran Visnjic as Dragan Armansky
- Alexandra Daddario as Harriet Vanger
- Peter Carlberg
- Steven Berkoff
- David Dencik
- Moa Garpendal as young Harriet Vanger
- Julian Sands as Young Henrik Vanger
Daniel Craig was cast as Blomkvist in July of 2010 with options to reprise the role in the next two films. In the following August, Mara was cast as Salander. Although the role had drawn the attention of many actresses, some eventually withdrew their names from consideration due to the time commitment and low pay.