Daniel Craig is trading in 007’s tuxedos and martinis for the life of a schlubby journalist in the American remake of Sweden’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
In news first reported by Entertainment Weekly and Deadline, Craig has signed on to play Mikael Blomkvist in the American big screen adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling mystery novel, the Access Hollywood confirmed with Sony Pictures.
Craig was slated to make a third James Bond movie, but MGM previously confirmed to Access Hollywood that, “due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on ‘Bond 23’ indefinitely.”
The highly-coveted title role of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, has yet to be cast, but according Deadline, Ellen Page, Mia Wasikowska, Emily Browning, Sara Snook, Sophie Lowe and Rooney Mara are still being considered for the role. Carey Mulligan told reporters last weekend that she was no longer in the running, Entertainment Weekly reported.
David Fincher will direct the movie, which will shoot in Sweden, where the franchise’s original three movies were filmed.
The first of installment of Larsson’s Millennium trilogy is slated to hit theaters on December 21, 2011. The second installment of the original trilogy, “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” hit American theaters on July 9, and the third movie, “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest” will be released stateside on October 15.
According to the AP, Larsson originally planned to write 10 books in the Millennium trilogy. Before his death in 2004, he finished about half of the fourth book. The future of the fourth novel is currently up in the air as the book is embroiled in a legal battle between his brother and father and his longtime partner, Eva Gabrielsson. In June, the Swedish National Library announced that two of the author’s early works, two early science fiction stories titled “The Crystal Balls” and “The Flies,” had been uncovered. The stories are currently being housed in the archives of the Swedish National Library.