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Carey Mulligan to star in GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
April 26th, 2010

Carey Mulligan Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The last time I visited my local art house theater, I saw a trailer that genuinely intrigued me. Most of the time, these trailers are for snotty period films or some really off-beat local films. However, this one struck me as something unique. Motorcycles? Tattoos? And then, the trailer blasts me with information by claiming this was the most popular European film of 2009!

Now, I must have missed something. I saw just about every 2009 film and was pretty meticulous about not missing anything. I even saw SUMMER HOURS, the somewhat obscure French family drama and I hadn't heard of this one. Naturally, I put this on my list for my theater trek this weekend. When I came home, I hopped on the internet to do some research about this mysterious film. Lo and behold, this movie was getting an American remake. What a surprise right? To top that, 2009 breakout star Carey Mulligan has been tasked with the lead role. Check out the details, after the jump.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is based on a massively best-selling series of books originally published in Sweden. The books were then adapted into a successful series of films, the first of which was released in 2009. Now, David Fincher is lined up to tackle the American remake of the film and Carey Mulligan is looking to star in the leading role.

Carey Mulligan broke onto the scene in 2009 with her role in AN EDUCATION which garnered her an Academy Award nomination. Now, it seems as though she's attached to every female role out there. But, that's a good thing. She's a fantastic actress and deserves all the work she can get. This film is a thriller, which is quite a departure from AN EDUCATION. Again, I believe this is a good thing. We don't want her pigeon-holed into that sweet, innocent, and naive girl do we?

What's more, is that Carey Mulligan is a huge fan of the books. The Times Online quoted her as saying:

“I am obsessed with those books,” she said last month. “I would love to do them. I am not going to lie about that. I would love to play Lisbeth Salander.”

That being said, I'll have to see the original film first. It's on my list and I intend to see it this weekend, especially after hearing this news.

Source Times Online, via Cinematical

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