In the U.S. version, Rooney Mara (who co-starred in Fincher’s “The Social Network” last year) plays Lisbeth, the heroine of the title, while Daniel Craig plays the role of her partner/lover Mikael. In the popular 2009 Swedish version, they were played by Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist. In the poster, Mara looks just about identical to Rapace’s version of the character.
“The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo” finds a crusading journalist, Mikhail Blomkvist (Craig), facing jail time after losing a libel case. He gets a second chance when a reclusive billionaire (Christopher Plummer) recruits him to uncover the truth about this granddaughter’s sudden disappearance four decades ago. Blomkvist is aided in his search by an introverted and uniquely gifted Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a punk-rock computer hacker.
Fincher led the production, based on a screenplay by Steve Zaillian. Also stars Robin Wright (“Unbreakable”) as Erika Berger, Stellan Skarsgard (“Thor”) as Martin Vanger and Christopher Plummer (“The Sound of Music”) as Henrik Vanger.
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is in theaters December 21, 2011.