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Skarsgård offered Millennium film role

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 5 Aug 2010, 13:18

Published: 05 Aug 2010 13:18 GMT+02:00

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Star of blockbusters such as "Pirates of the Caribbean", "Mamma Mia" and the soon to be released "Thor", Skarsgård is one of Sweden's most recognised actors and as David Fincher's movie is set to be filmed in Sweden, has long been named in connection with a role.

According to Variety magazine, Skarsgård has confirmed that he is in negotiations with Sony Pictures to join Daniel Craig in the cast of the Hollywood remake of the popular Swedish-language movie.

Skarsgård is reported to be in talks over the role of Martin Vanger, an industrial magnate and the key protagonist in the disappearance of a teenage girl and played by Peter Haber in the original version.

"I have met Fincher, I want to work with him, he wants to work me. I have had a concrete offer and now we are in negotiations," Skarsgård told Variety.

James Bond star Daniel Craig is set to play Mikael Blomkvist in the movie, much of which is set to be filmed in Sweden's capital.

"Most of it is to be shot in Stockholm, but some studio work will be done in the U.S. I think there might be some location work there as well, when it becomes too dark to shoot here," Skarsgård told Variety.

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The main question mark in the casting for the film remains over the identity of the actor to play the role of gothic heroine and computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander.

Noomi Rapace played the role in the Swedish language original, and some industry voices have called for her to be given the role, but speculation in recent months has centred on more established international stars such as Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart and Ellen Page.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:33 August 5, 2010 by NataBee
Love Stellan! I'm looking forward to seeing him and his son Alexander in Melancholia
16:20 August 5, 2010 by greatkitty
I loved the Swedish version, despite the fact I had to "read" the dialog, since I don't understand Swedish. It was entirely very well made!! The actors were well chosen and portrayed their roles perfectly. Noomi was perfect! I don't think any of the other actresses mentioned in the article would be as faithful to the roll.
17:12 August 5, 2010 by 2394040
It's unfortunate that so many of us Americans can't read English. If we could read our own language, then none of these great Swedish movies would have to be remade. "Let The Right One In" has already gotten that treatment (due to come out in October as "Let Me In"), and it appears that all of Stieg Larsson's books will get the same treatment. Shame on us! Why didn't we learn to read our own language when we were in school?

Maybe we were too busy watching movies :)
21:53 August 5, 2010 by dizzymoe33
I hope more Swedish actors and actress's are included in the triology. It would give the movie more authenticity.
00:36 August 6, 2010 by Kooritze
I dont see the point in watching an American remake.......when the original does the job authentically.We have a great culture of film in europe, they may not be huge budget productions that Hollywood chucks out, but they are authentic cultural productions.

And just in case there are some American people out there that think I,m anti US in any way, I,m not. of course there are so numerous US classics. Keep making your, Apocalypse Now, To kill a Mocking Bird,Taxi Driver, The Shining, Amercan History X etc etc etc etc.

I just wish Americans could adapt to accepting, enjoying and the thought provoking experience of watching a film made not in their own language and thus opens the mind to a world outside their own norm. Maybe I,m asking too much?
01:41 August 6, 2010 by calebian22

If there is a market for the remake, Hollywood will make it. Get off the high horse regarding culture though. The Swedes here in Småland are not exactly cosmopolitan.
03:13 August 6, 2010 by Canada_Girl
Stellan *sigh*
08:26 August 6, 2010 by wabasha

300 million americans is why they will remake the movies. perhaps india will make it in hindi after that.
09:48 August 6, 2010 by concha de tu puta madre

Perhaps you should ask the Swedish film industry why they sold they sold the film rights to Hollywood and not the French for example? The purpose if for a broader reach. Why do you think Stellan, Alexander, Lena Olin, Lase Hallström, Max Von Sydow, Dolph Lungren, Peter Stormare etc etc all booked over to the USA? It is simple mathematics. In Sweden they will be regarded as brilliant Thespain appealing to the local crowd while in the USA they all gained world-wide exposure. Knäppis!
15:27 August 6, 2010 by 2394040
I still think we Americans should have learned to read our own language.
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