The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, opening in theaters on March 19th, is the hit Swedish film based on the bestselling novel by Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson, which was the first book from his hugely popular "Millennium Series." In fact, the film was such a success in its native country that they have already shot and released two sequels of the film based on the other books from the series. Not to mention that Sony Pictures is planning an American remake of the movie (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) with a script written by Steve Zaillian (American Gangster) and interest from actors like Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Johnny Depp and directors including Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. While The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is about to open here in the states, there is still no U.S. release dates planned for its subsequent sequels. We recently had an opportunity to sit down with the film's director Niels Arden Oplev and the film series' star, actress Noomi Rapace to discuss the movie, adapting the novel, the film's difficult material and it's non-stop action and intrigue. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below.
In The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Mikael Blomkvist played by Michael Nyqvist, is an investigative journalist who writes for Millennium Magazine but after losing a libel case against a corrupt Swedish industrialist is sentenced to prison. Before his prison sentence begins Henrik Vanger, an older former CEO of a group of companies owned by a wealthy dynasty, hires the journalist for an investigation. Vanger wants Blomkvist to solve the forty-year old disappearance of Vanger's great-niece, who has been missing since she was sixteen. The old man is convinced that someone in his family killed the girl. Lisbeth Salander (Rapace), a young punk who has been victimized and misunderstood by those in authority throughout her whole life, but who is also a brilliant computer hacker, ultimately helps Blomkvist in his quest. The unlikely couple becomes a classic detective pair and begins a dangerous relationship with each other. Starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Haber, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre, Bjorn Granath, Ingvar Hirdwall, Peter Anderson, Michalis Koutsogiannakis, Ewa Froling, Gunnel Lindblom, Gosta Bredefeldt, Stefan Sauk, Jacob Ericksson, Sofia Ledarp and David Dencik. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo opens in theaters on March 19th.