20 June 2010

Off the chain!

This Stieg Larsson thing is going nuts — who knew this would be the "hottest book on the planet"? And how often do you see a book on the cover of EW? Pretty good article, though the main emphasis seems to be on speculation about the casting of the upcoming Hollywood version of TGWTDT.

My vote? Brad Pitt for Blomkvist, old enough yet still a believable babe magnet and an actor with a great range; for Lisbeth Salander, I tend to agree with Roger Ebert that they should just hire Noomi Rapace to do it in English, but I know she's done with that role.

Who will it be? Someone less than 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, and not with a cute round face like some of the possibles being mentioned. Do it right, people, choose an unknown with the right edge!


  1. Seriously, Reg - "Brad Pitt"! Haha, never thought that recom would come from your end of the world.

    (He is a talented actor, though... gotta give him that)

    I guess my only and major concern with the Hollywood-version is how true to 'Larsson's spirit' it will be... it's not just a book about a kewl bi-Goth girl with an axe. If they go for that as Angle numero Uno it'll be a study in disaster.

    But hey - one's got to be an optimist, right? :)

    Stay well over there

    Chris - from the other side of the pond

    sallysfriends.net - if you ever tell her, she's gonna kick your a** :)

  2. Hey Chris,

    Well, the people involved have some good credentials, let's hope they get the casting right. See you in November in Kbh.

  3. Reg— In case you haven’t seen it, thought you might get a “kick” out of Nora Ephron’s contribution to The New Yorker’s Shouts & Murmurs section, “The Girl Who Fixed the Umlaut” (published 5 July 2010, p. 30.)



  4. Thanks, Mark, I was actually alerted to this one first by Eva Gabrielsson, who was mightily amused, as were we here at the soon-to-be-resurrected Fjord Press, which will be publishing for the Kindle soon. I'll announce all new ebooks here, of course!

  5. Reg-- Looks like Daniel Craig has the role of Mikael Blomkvist for the Hollywood remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” Actually, I think it’s a good choice, and see a similarity with Michael Nyqvist.

    My pick for Lisbeth (no wand needed) would be Emma Watson. I believe she would be able to walk in the footsteps of Noomi Rapace.

    Mark m.maurin@comcast.net

  6. Humph, Daniel Craig. Too buff for my taste for Blomkvist. Emma Watson? The Harry Potter movies put me to sleep. Give me a total unknown for Lisbeth! All the picks have been too damn cute.

  7. Daniel Craig (42) was very good as Perry Smith in "Infamous" (2006), and capable of going beyond the Bond aura.

    Steven Zaillian is writing the screenplay for “Dragon Tattoo” (and also for “Played With Fire”). His screenwriting work includes “The Falcon and the Snowman” (1985), “Schindler’s List” (1993), “A Civil Action” (1998), etc.

    David Fincher as director is an interesting choice, too, and a good one if he demonstrates the artistry and edginess of “Se7en.”

    Niels Arden Oplev set the bar for excellence with “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” and I just hope the English version treats it as well.

    Mark m.maurin@comcast.net