With a little more than six months to go until its theatrical release, the English-language adaptation of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" has made its first official mark on American shores.
The official green-band trailer for "Dragon Tattoo," directed by "The Social Network" filmmaker David Fincher, has found its way online several days after an allegedly unauthorized red-band trailer circulated around the Net. The differences between the official trailer and the leaked red-band version (which has officially been taken off of YouTube, Sony representatives told The Hollywood Reporter) are few and far between, save for some scenes featuring nudity and brief glimpses of explicit violence.
In other words, this trailer is just as fantastic as the previously seen teaser. Indeed, while the "Dragon Tattoo" trailer's message isn't quite as bloody or vulgar as the one that protagonist Lisbeth Salander etches into the stomach of an unsuspecting rapist, it's clear that Fincher and his team — including Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who recruited Karen O for the Led Zeppelin cover that drives this clip — have gone all in on the dark and gritty tone that this story is best known for.
Fincher's adaptation of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is based on late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's best-selling crime novel about Mikhail Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), a crusading journalist facing jail time after losing a libel case involving major accusations about a fantastically wealthy and notoriously corrupt industrialist. But Blomkvist gets a second chance at redemption when reclusive billionaire Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) recruits the journalist to uncover the truth about his granddaughter's sudden disappearance four decades ago. In return for solving the mystery, Henrik promises to provide Blomkvist with all the evidence he needs to clear his name and depower the crooked millionaire once and for all.
But Blomkvist isn't alone in his quest; he's aided by the introverted and uniquely gifted Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), the punk-rock computer hacker who finds herself inexplicably drawn to Blomkvist and his case. But even with the girl with the dragon tattoo at his side, perhaps the disgraced journalist has bitten off more than he can chew as the horrible truth surrounding Harriet Vanger's disappearance slowly comes to light.
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" lands in theaters on December 21, 2011.
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