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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 27, 2010 at 10:15 AM

News updates: “Dragon Tattoo,” James Bond (updated, again)

Looks like James Bond himself will play crime-solving journalist Mikael Blomkvist in David Fincher’s upcoming U.S. version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” According to Deadline: Hollywood, Daniel Craig closed the deal yesterday, with options to play the role in two sequels (“The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”) should they be made. Shooting will begin in Sweden in the early fall. Though a release date has been announced — December 21, 2011 — no additional casting has been set. Which just might mean that Ellen Page, Carey Mulligan and Mia Wasikowska, among others rumored for the role of Lisbeth Salander, are nervously awaiting a phone call.
Update, on Wednesday morning: Entertainment Weekly reports that the role of Salander is down to four actresses — and none are the A-list names we’ve been hearing bandied about. The finalists are Rooney Mara (who recently worked with Fincher on “The Social Network”), French actress Lea Seydoux (“Robin Hood”), and Australian actresses Sarah Snook and Sophie Lowe. I like the idea of an unknown in this role; let’s see how this shakes out. EW says a decision is likely to be made this week.
And what’s happening over at Bond headquarters? Not much, which is why Craig is available for “Dragon Tattoo” duty. The Hollywood Reporter today writes that since announcing that production of the 23rd James Bond film was suspended “indefinitely,” finances have not improved for MGM, which owns the rights to the franchise. No one knows when the next movie, which had Sam Mendes slated to direct, might get under way again — but, the Reporter, says, “no one doubts that Bond will be back.” And the franchise would have a long way to go before equalling the biggest previous gap in Bond production, which began nearly 50 years ago with “Dr. No.” There were six years between 1989’s “License to Kill” and 1995’s “Goldeneye”; the most recent Bond movie, “Quantum of Solace,” was in theaters in 2008. Stay tuned; but as the movies always say at their conclusion, “James Bond will return.” (Am I the only one, though, who wishes Pierce Brosnan would return? Ah well.)

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