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Take Two: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trailer

Take Two: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trailer

It clearly looks like the version that I posted yesterday was a bootleg and not a strategic marketing drop because the trailer has been pulled from You Tube. (If you didn’t see it yesterday you are out of luck.) But Sony did drop in an authorized trailer which to me seems pretty much the same. Random images of action and very little footage of Rooney Mara as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The clip does not tell me anything aside from the fact that it will be fast paced and full of action.

I do have to take some issue with the tag line they are using — the feel bad movie of Christmas. I never felt while reading the books or watching the Swedish films that they were depressing in any way. They are clearly intense, but I don’t really think they make you feel bad. Maybe I’m reading too much into it.

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I have no problem with Goran Visnjic as an actor, and I’m sure he will do a fine job. My problem is with his age. They didn’t touch on it much in the original movie, but in the book an important facet of the relationship between Armansky and Salander was their age difference. Michalis Koutsogiannakis is in his early 50s which fits with the character and that he was old enough to be Salander’s father. It also fits with the fact that he was a good friend of Holger Palmgren, who was in his 60s. Visnjic is 39 and looks it. He is a fine actor, but he’s just not appropriate for this role. It would be like casting Claire Danes to play Erika Berger, who is supposed to be close in age to Mikael Bloomkvist. She is a fine actress, but wouldn’t fit the part.


Actually, it you compare images of Goran Visnjic with his natural hair color, and Michalis Koutsogiannakis who played Dragon Armansky in the Swedish version of the film, they resemble each other quite a bit.

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I don’t see the problem with the casting. He’s proved himself capable of handling a wide variety of roles in the past, Dragon should be no exception.


The trailer is all guys and mere glimpses of Lisbeth. Reminds me of the way True Grit was marketed – you’d never know it was about a female from the ads.


I was actually shocked by the international poster for the film, with Rooney Mara / Lisbeth almost completely naked and Daniel Craig behind her, holding her with his arm in a position of greater strength – (photo NSFW by the way):

It’s ironic given the original title of the book (also highlighted in the poster): “Men Who Hate Women” (shall the same be said for the film’s marketing department?)


I agree Courtney. I felt that Mikael was the main character of “the girl with the dragon tattoo,” not Lisbeth. I can’t speak on the rest because I’m reading the second one right now.


I enjoyed the trailer, but I’m still not sure how I feel about this version. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around anyone but Noomi Rapace playing Lisbeth Salander. I’m happy with some of the casting in the new version, but not thrilled with some of it. Goran Visnjic is far too young to be Dragan Armansky, and I don’t know how I feel about Robin Wright as Erika Berger. I’m not holding out much hope that the new versions will do a better job with Berger than the Swedish versions did (and the Swedish versions gutted her part.)

As far as there not being much footage of Rooney Mara–I agree that they need to show her more. However, I will be more put out if they minimize trailer footage of Mara in the 2nd and 3rd movies. Despite the title, most of the action of the first book revolves around Mikael’s investigation. Lisbeth was more strongly featured in the 2nd and 3rd books. I remember being surprised there wasn’t more about Lisbeth in the 1st book, given the title.

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