Insiders indicate that the actor, who played Swedish journalist Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is seeking a hefty pay raise, in the wake of Skyfall's massive success. The studio, which is already looking for ways to cut costs on the sequel, is currently weighing its options, one of which may be to write his character completely out of The Girl Who Played with Fire. A representative for the actor stated that negotiations have not begun yet, but he does want to reprise his role.
The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second book in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, which does focus more on Lisbeth Salander, played by Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The actress is on board for the sequel. Although, if they went without Daniel Craig in the sequel, that means they would have to commission a rewrite of the current screenplay by Steven Zaillian.
Director David Fincher is still not locked in to return yet either, but that still may happen. We reported last week that the filmmaker signed on to direct Gone Girl, but that script is still in development.