Daniel Craig has allegedly said yes to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)". Following rumor that he was in talks to star in the film, the 42-year-old actor is reported to have closed his deal to portray journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the film.
Deadline Hollywood, which first broke the casting news, also said that Craig will possibly return in the two sequels which are based on "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest". The trilogy was written by late Stieg Larsson.
If Craig's involvement in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is indeed true, he will start shooting the film in Sweden in early fall or after he finishes the production for "Cowboys and Aliens". The British star is actually attached to reprise his role as James Bond in "Bond 23" but the project has been put on hold with no scheduled start date so far.
In the meantime, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is searching for its leading lady. Natalie Portman who was linked to the project has dismissed the report, saying "I've not been approached at all," while calling the report "pure rumor."
Kristen Stewart who was the favorite to take the coveted role recently was also reported to be outed from the current "unofficial" list of stars to play Lisbeth Salander. Therefore, some actresses who are still in competition to star as the tough-vulnerable, bisexual computer hacker include Ellen Page, Mia Wasikowska, Emily Browning, Sara Snook, Rooney Mara and Sophie Lowe.
Serving as a remake to a Swedish film of the same title, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" follows ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist who are employed to find missing girl Harriet Vanger by her uncle. David Fincher has been tapped to serve behind cameras for the upcoming drama thriller with Steve Zaillian writing the script. The film is projected to come out in the U.S. on December 21, 2011.