Fincher's <i>The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo</i> Isn't A Typical Remake, Says Star

A lot of eyes are on David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo right now. Many believe that the film is unnecessary given the recent worldwide success of the original Swedish trilogy of movies, even if Fincher and the others involved — including Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara — are doubtlessly talented in their own right.

But actor Stellan Skarsgard, who plays the pivotal role of Martin Vanger in the movie, argues that Fincher's remake isn't a needless effort at all.

"I’m not always happy when Hollywood does remakes of films, but that’s usually, when they have a very, very, very good film and they take away anything controversial from it and make flatter," the Swedish actor told Collider. "I don’t think that will be the case here. David Fincher is a fantastic director and Steve Zaillian is writing, and he’s a great writer. I have hopes that it will be an improvement."

Skarsgard, soon to be seen in next summer's Thor, praised the work of his Dragon Tattoo co-stars, particularly Rooney Mara as she takes over Noomi Rapace's iconic role of Lisbeth Salander.

"I’m convinced she can take it on," he said. "I’ve only had a few very short encounters with her. Most of my scenes are with Daniel Craig. But, I think she’s good enough. I think Noomi Rapace was fantastic, and this is another kind of Lisbeth Salander. I think [Rooney Mara] will do something beautiful with it."

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