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Brad Pitt to star in Millennium film: reports

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 28 Apr 2010, 15:26

Published: 28 Apr 2010 15:26 GMT+02:00

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Hollywood veteran Brad Pitt is rumoured to be a "strong bet" for the role of Mikael Blomqvist with Carey Mulligan filling the role of quirky sleuth Lisbeth Salander, a pair played in the Swedish language original by Mikael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace.

Pitt is reported by UK entertainment site Digital Spy to have beaten off the challenge of fellow Hollywood heavyweights Johnny Depp and George Clooney for the role.

Carey Mulligan is a 24-year-old British actress who was Oscar nominated for her role of Jenny in the 2009 smash hit, An Education. She is also set to appear in a supporting role in the sequel to the eighties yuppie cult classic Wall Street.

The film is based on the first of the posthumously published Stieg Larsson trilogy of books which also includes The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest. All three books have been made into Swedish language films, directed by the Dane Niels Arden Oplev and the Swede Daniel Alfredson.

Drafting Pitt into the movie would see him reunited with Se7en director David Fincher. The script for the Hollywood remake of the blockbuster movie has been drafted by Steve Zaillian of Schindler's List fame.

Steve Zaillian's script is reported to be set in Sweden, according to indieWIRE, which argues that "to have moved late journalist Larsson’s authentic, well-reported political trilogy to an American setting would have been a mistake."

The Local reported in March that the Swedish language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo had opened to rousing reviews from US critics and audiences.

Several influential US critics opined that it would be difficult to replace Noomi Rapace as hacker-heroine Lisbeth Salander with The Chicago Sun Times star critic Roger Ebert arguing:

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"I can't think of an American actress who could play Lisbeth... Someone able to play hard as nails and emotionally unavailable."

If the casting reports are confirmed it appears that while the allure of appointing one of Tinsel Town's most established male leads for such a key movie release could not be resisted, the advice to look across the pond for his co-star may just have been heeded by the film's backers at Sony Pictures.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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17:34 April 28, 2010 by 2394040
Swedes make it; Americans remake it. Seems to be the trend.
18:25 April 28, 2010 by cbeynch
Oh. I did not know Brad Pitt was fluent in Swedish!
18:29 April 28, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
hell no to remake!
18:38 April 28, 2010 by babychuma
I'm cool with Brad Pitt, but no Noomi? BOO she IS the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. What gives she speaks english fine I've heard her. I hope they don't blow it.
18:44 April 28, 2010 by StockholmSam
I just don't see Carey Mulligan pulling it off, but she is a young and unknown talent. This could be her big break. Pitt has done some good acting in his day, but he has done some dogs, too. This film could also be his step up to the ranks of elite actors (not just the money-makers). The biggest concern is David Fincher. He is the weakest of the bunch.
18:51 April 28, 2010 by Amber Dawn
Brad is already with the girl with the dragon tattoo. Of course, it used to say Billy Bob right above it.
20:43 April 28, 2010 by sissygirl
I suppose I'll have to wait for this movie since I can't get my hands on the Swedish version, unless one of you knows a way. I live in the US. I get movies from Netflicks. I have it "saved" for whenever it becomes available.
20:56 April 28, 2010 by babychuma
Hi sissygirl, I downloaded them as torrents, they were pretty easy to find, only needed to get VLC player to for the sub-titles that was free too. Good hunting.
22:22 April 28, 2010 by calebian22
Be careful Sissy, downloading torrents in the States is a little trickier proposition than here in Sweden.
22:26 April 28, 2010 by sissygirl
I'm a tech dummy, so I probably just have to wait and rent the DVD. I'll be in Europe this summer. Perhaps i'll catch it then!!!
23:45 April 28, 2010 by dizzymoe33
Funny how the older leading men end up with some up and coming 20 something year old?!!!! Typical.
09:08 April 29, 2010 by Kooritze
American remake of an already made classic european film. It will be in English and as such, a fake.

Why, oh why.......do we need an American remake? I laughed when the American version of Solaris came out. The Russian classic is art, with the language, the way it was filmed and it,s mood making it unique and facinating. The US version was a sci-fi presented in a pretty usual american way.

I suspect the new Girl with a Dragon Tattoo will present a kind of American Sweden.................just a product for the masses who think the world revolves around the english speaking world.
11:02 April 29, 2010 by Craptastical
Comment: Kooritze: I agree that the originals are already classics, but I think that this has more to do with targeting the American audience than trying to outdo the originals. Examples of this can be readily seen with the remakes of some of the Japanese horror/thriller genre. Some were flops, but others were huge hits (ie The Ring).

Most Americans aren't used to watching foreign movies with English subtitles. and usually subtitles are only for very brief scenes and then it switches back to English. Subtitles can actually be a detriment to a film's overall success in the US.

In my case, before I became accustomed to subtitles it was impossible for me to sit back and watch the show. Instead, it took effort. Just my personal opinion of course.

And no, I don't think they can outdo the original trilogy.
11:18 April 29, 2010 by berserker
What a bunch of crap . Why does the US / Hollywood always have to try and make everything bigger and better ? Can't wait to hear the cast trying to pronounce all the swedish names with that crappy california valley accent. Is Hollywood planning on invading Stockholm to make the movie ? Or just throw up some stupid looking set. This is going to be a fail , I think the original movies were well done, although not as good as the books but the films are never as good as the books .
12:00 April 29, 2010 by peropaco
I think Johnny Depp would have been a better choice for this role. He has that uncanny and calculated coldness which can only be found in scandinavian; in his characters of course. Regarding this Britt chick playing the female role. Again, I don't think any actor from Europe/US or anywhere else can be as cold and emotionless as a Swede. OK, maybe a Russian
12:20 April 29, 2010 by EtoileBrilliant
Oh here we go again, lets knock Hollywood (I'm not American by the way). If the SFI cared anything about getting this film to a wider audience in the US it would have made cuts and got it a certificate (it is currently unrated i the US) which means that it can't/won't be shown in anything but very small arthouse cinemas rather than the multiplexes which it deserves.

As a result Hollywood wants to remake a great story and bring it to a wider audience, what's wrong with that.

Oh and for all those complaining about Hollywood remakes of Foreign films, I give you "The Magnificent Seven", certainly in my Top 5 Westerns.
12:25 April 29, 2010 by suminh100
Why do we need a remake at all? The Swedish version was perfect. It was more realistic as the actors/actresses looked normal and more believable, unlike Hollywood's drop-dead-gorgeous make-up-padded studs (not that I'm saying Mikael Nyqvist isn't gorgeous but Hollywood actor(ess)s look "fake" if you know what I mean)... I think it'll be a flop. You can't beat the original version :)
12:36 April 29, 2010 by berserker

I am all for a wider audience but it cant be hard to get the original version rated in the US. They could even dub the originals if wanted , imho Hollywood just sees $ signs again. I just wonder if Hollywood will stick to the story or make some crap up to make a blockbuster.
13:05 April 29, 2010 by flintis
It'll never be as good as the original.
17:36 April 29, 2010 by calebian22
There are so many good Swedish movies out there that many English speakers from around the world would love to watch, but can't because there are only Danish, Finnish and Norwegian text options on DVD's In the US, go to a rental shop and try and find a Swedish movie. No offense, but most people who want to relax and unwind will pass on the only Swedish options, which are by Bergman. Too bad jantelagen holds Sweden back from promoting itself.
18:27 April 30, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Give Hollywood a chance. you never know. The stories deserve a wider audience than they will get in their subtitled form.

I want to nominate Max von Sydow for the role of Henrik Vanger. He is the right age, and at 82, must be at the end of his career, just like Vanger.

For Salander, it has to be Noomi. Like Sir Anthony, as Hannibal Lecter, she has made the part her own. I read she doesn't want to do it. Come on Noomi, this will be your Mona Lisa, your Stairway to Heaven, your .... calm down Kev. Anyway Noomi, you just got your name mentioned in the same paragraph as Sir Anthony, that should be enough.

For Mikael Blomkvist, I am going to take a risk and suggest ex Doctor Who, David Tennant. He did a brilliant Hamlet last year, one of the top ten best ever. And he's up there as the best ever Doctor Who too. I really thought Tom Hanks would get it. He still might. I hope not.
12:54 May 1, 2010 by Swedeman
We swedes like american films and admire the americans in general. In one way they will probably do a much better job than the swedish film but I have to confess that I think they wont be able to mirror the swedish culture which the film is somehow linked to.

I remember the Luc Bussons film Nikita that was remade into an american version with Bridget Fonda in it. Horrible, it was really weak.
13:33 May 1, 2010 by mad9968
thank you to the last three productive comments, i agree entirely. the rest of you american hating fools should open your minds a bit and except the fact that the states isnt responsible for everything evil in the world.

I've read the three books and loved them all....ive also seen the films and the first one was great and the other two were kinda crap.

is it so wrong for the international film makers to make a little extra cash and sell the rights to the americans...and at the same time, let some of the largest viewing audience a, opportunity to experience a great story in the language they are used to?

i would like to end with a message to all of my anti-american friends above.....for all of you who enjoyed films like shawshank redemption, the godfather, pulp fiction, schindlers list, star wars, casablanca, indiana jones, goodfellas, usual suspects, fight club, the matrix, forrest gump, american beauty, american history X, gladiator, saving private ryan, the departed.........THROW THEM AWAY, YOU STUPID HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!!!!!!
15:24 May 1, 2010 by Kevtravels
Hollywood always does remakes so this isn't anything new. What's suprising is that the movie just came out like a year ago in Sweden and the remake will be out by 2011. 1 would imagine Hollywood would wait at least 5-10years for a remake.

I worked at Blockbuster summer 2009 and they had quite a many foreign films on shelf-most Hong Kong or German/French. Though several Scandinavian films like Ondksan, Kill Buljo and a Norwegian horror film where the friends go to a cabin in the mountains and are killed by some mountain dude. I tried to recommend that to some dudes 1 day but they didn't like the idea of hearing norwegian :P
22:13 May 1, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Loads of Hollywood blockbusters start out as plots and characters lifted from non-USA, and USA B movies. I won't bore you with a list.

It would be a shame if they didn't, some of the Hollywood versions are much better that the originals, some not. Again, I won't bore you with a list.

Some stories will be revisited dozens of times before the end of time. Robin Hood will still be squeezing his bulging thighs into his green tights a thousand years from now.

Any film is worth another go. I hope I live long enough to see the third remake of Lord of the Rings. (The Peter Jackson version was the second - not many people know that.). The first was dreadful. And what will the 2050 remake of Avatar look like. I am losing weight and jogging so I can see it. I will be 88 if I make it. And who will be the 100th James Bond?
16:53 May 3, 2010 by Soho_doll
If they don´t cast noomi I think they should cast Ellen Page, if you see her in Hard Candy and An American Crime she can totally play a kick ass Salander.

Let´s hope they don´t ruin in it!
17:38 May 5, 2010 by baronessa
@sissygirl - I live in the U.S. and found a great torrent with English subtitles. DVD quality. It can be done!

My husband and I watched the movie and absolutely loved it! I'm learning Svenska, so it was educational. :-D

Personally, I don't think a Hollywood remake is necessary, but there are many people in the world (including my mother) who don't like to read subtitles while watching a movie. I guess I'm in the minority; I love to watch foreign films in their intended languages.

**I can't imagine anyone else playing Lisbeth! Noomi was BADASS!
23:09 May 5, 2010 by Bysheon
Let them make their version. If the US Americans think it's that difficult to read subtitles - to the point that they actually won't watch a movie with subtitles - what's the harm in letting them have a version they can enjoy?
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