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Christopher Plummer nabs 'Dragon Tattoo' role

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 3 Oct 2010, 16:07

Published: 03 Oct 2010 16:07 GMT+02:00

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80-year-old Plummer, perhaps still best known for his role as Captain Georg von Trapp in the Sound of Music, has been given the role of Vanger family patriarch, Henrik Vanger, reported the Reuters news agency.

Sven-Bertil Taube played the role of Henrik Vanger in the Swedish language original.

In the film, Vanger hires Mikael Blomqvist (Daniel Craig) to solve a 40-year-old murder and in the process uncovers a dark side to the family history. Blomqvist teams up with hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) to assist in unravelling the mystery.

Plummer has a long, distinguished stage and film career behind him and was recently nominated for both Academy and Golden Globe awards for his supporting role as Leo Tolstoy opposite Helen Mirren in "The Last Station".

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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is currently filming in Sweden under the direction of David Fincher.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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18:16 October 3, 2010 by facetedjewel
Interesting marketing style - announcing who else has joined the cast of a movie, one by one, constantly resnagging attention and hoping to build momentum. 'Oh, look who just showed up, it's Chris. Why don't we ask him to play to Martin Vanger while he's here. It'll be a hoot.'

I like Christopher Plummer, always have had a thing for those blue eyes and he's a powerful actor. I thought he was the only good reason to watch 'The Last Station'. But I won't watch the remake of TGWTDT; the Swedish version was just fine.
18:38 October 3, 2010 by Renfeh Hguh
I watched the 3 movies a couple of weekends ago and thought they were very good. It makes me wonder why the American audience are so dumb that they need to see the ruined-by-Hollywood version and not the original. Perhaps they are illiterate and cannot read subtitles.
18:51 October 3, 2010 by bill/usa/mora
i though stellangd was playing the part?
19:12 October 3, 2010 by facetedjewel
Correction: Henrik Vanger
22:35 October 3, 2010 by FLjen
I am an American, and I went to see the Swedish version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" here in the U.S. and liked it very much. It only played in one theater in my town, however, so I am guessing that there are alot of people who wouldn't have had the chance to see the original film, because it never showed in their town. Anyway, I really hope that David Fincher's version is very well done. It will be a shame if it isn't.
01:44 October 4, 2010 by dizzymoe33
I am an American and I recently rented the Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and I had no problem watching it with subtitles. Only one word was mistranslated that I could tell. Not a big fan of the rape scenes but I understand that is what the movie is based on. Hollywood has run out of good ideas that is why they are taking the European movies and remaking but most Americans won't take the time to see a foreign film.
05:37 October 4, 2010 by hiawatha1
I like the authentic Swedish film and don't need to see it done in Hollywood.

One thing that will improve it is if the Australian scene is filmed in Australia, instead of Spain or where ever that was in the Swedish version.
08:48 October 4, 2010 by calebian22
Dubbed or subtitled movies just don't have the same draw. There is a market for these movies in English so Hollywood will make them. Entertainment is remade all the time to fit a different market or to update the story. I guess it is okay when Sweden takes Who wants to be a millionaire (UK), Idol (UK) and Wipeout (US) and makes Swedish versions, right?
09:52 October 4, 2010 by hilt_m
Great choice! He's perfect for the role :)
10:49 October 4, 2010 by Rishonim
@Renfeh Hguh, I think you find much more dumb arse per capita in Sweden that you do in the US. Your population is so dumb that bestiality is still legal in Swede. It is perfectly legal in Sweden for someone to marry his half sister. Up north men have more sex with horses, sheep, cows than with their own women. While Sweden has a government funded education, most of its universities are populated by foreign students. In other words, you build educational institution and which are not populated by Swedes. The reason why it was sold to Hollywood was to reach a larger audience than Stockholm and Goteborg Einstein. Movies like plein soleil would have never been seeing outside of France if Hollywood did not remake it into the Talented Mr. Ripley. Also Infernal Affairs would have stayed in obscurity taking dust on the shelve of a video store had Marting Scorsese not make it into the departed.
11:20 October 4, 2010 by Dano
You're doing a very good impression of a "dumb arse" yourself there Rishonim! Carry on. :)

The reason Hollywood's making the movies is because the books and the Swedish movies were such a phenomenal success and now they want a slice of the pie...as usual!
12:00 October 4, 2010 by Dr. Dillner
Excellent points, @Rishonim
17:48 October 5, 2010 by babychuma
I liked the Swedish version movies, but 2 & 3 would have been very hard to follow without reading the books first, I know this as I watched with someone who hadn't read them. Hollywood is screwed up, I noticed that the remake of "let the right one in" is getting good reviews, but the one I read even admitted it wasn't any better, they can't seem to come up with anything new.
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