Monday, August 16, 2010
Gate Crasher of The New York Daily News reports Scarlett Johansson may be a shoe in for the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Please say it isn't so. Why? Scarlett Johansson is a talented beautiful woman but she is not equipped or perhaps too equipped to play the role.
She would have to lost about 50 pounds to play Lisbeth Sanders and her male fan base which is very large would not approve. Noomi Rapace, the Swedish actress who plays Lisbeth is so superb truly she is Lisbeth.
If David Fincher wanted to get this film just right he needs to fly to Sweden and court Rapace. Noomi Rapace is the female Johnny Depp. She lost weight for the role so she had "no curves". There is a reason Lisbeth Sanders has no curves and Scarlett Johansson has too many curves for the role.
Michael Nyqvist who plays Mikael Blomkvist is Mikael Blomkvist. David Fincher cannot find any actors better than these two Swedish actors to play the role. Truly the way to go is to make the 2nd version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in to an HBO series....a very long series starring the original 2 actors with the high quality of a BBC production.
Whom ever Fincher casts as Lisbeth Sanders must be small, very slender to the point of almost anorexic but in great athletic shape. Scarlett Johansson could never pull off the Lisbeth Sanders role and she is very talented. I remember her first film Manny and Lo.
Lisbeth Sanders is a spectacular woman character so I was disappointed the title "Men Who Hate Women" was translated as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" bcause Lisbeth is all woman. The series of books deal with misogyny 101 exposing the usual ways hateful men and their gal counterparts attempt to neutralize powerful women by saying they are crazy, lying about them and of course there is always violence. In telling you this I have not given any of the story lines away but an important theme that better not get lost in the "Americanization" of the film.
The film is very important because it does address misogyny, prejudice and much more. Lisbeth Sanders is a techno-savvy hero from the 21st century with a touch of Charles Bronson - Death Wish.
Here are three YouTubes I have made about Stieg Larsson's books and films. I show you me talking about "The Girl Who Plays with Fire" so you can see right away how I feel about Lisbeth".
Posted by Suzannah B. Troy artist at 3:21 AM