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12.31.2015

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In 2009 the first adaptation of author Stieg Larsson’s award-winning Millennium series, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, was released starring Noomi Rapace as the titular character. In 2011 we were given an American version directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara now playing Lisbeth Salander. Fincher’s movie, which I still feel is criminally underrated, has quickly become my favorite of his - not to mention Mara’s performance which will likely someday be studied in acting classes.

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It’s been four years since its release and word of a sequel has come and gone with no concrete evidence to support its existence. Most recently, there have been talks about a sequel with a new director and cast to come on board. I can’t say I’m overly excited to hear that they want to have a new director and star, but at least the material isn’t being forgotten altogether. Fincher and Mara have a lot going on and their price tags have likely gone up as well; so what’s a studio to do when they feel the first movie didn’t make enough money? MGM, one of the studios involved in the production, posted a "modest loss" and declared that they had expected the film to gross at least 10% more than it did ($232 million on a $90 million budget).

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To quickly recap the story, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is a psychological thriller that follows investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist's (Craig) investigation to find out what happened to a woman from a wealthy family who disappeared forty years prior. He recruits the help of Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a computer hacker with a photographic memory and what some might say are very poor social skills.

Fincher’s dark, grim tone brought in strong reviews and subsequent awards for its main star. So where do we go from here? We think of some casting options of course! Who might be able to put on the ink as it were and fill the role of Salander for the next movie? While we know Mara wants to come back and really believes she is unless told otherwise saying “I'm doing it unless someone tells me that I'm not—and then I still might do it” – so I think we can still at least discuss alternatives.

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If the name Alicia Vikander sounds familiar it might be because you watched her shine as Ava earlier this year in EX MACHINA. Her star is certainly on the rise and a franchise would be a big plus for her career. Her performance as Ava, played with a cold demeanor with no regard for consequence, could transition well to Salander’s demeanor. She will be flexing her acting muscles even more with a role in the upcoming Bourne sequel; this actress is a serious contender I think.

I would also highly consider Brie Larson, she’s one of my favorite actresses and while she isn’t showing up everywhere in magazines or blockbuster movies, she certainly makes a lasting impact when she does. She’s worked her career perfectly and is about to blow up after this year’s remarkable performance in THE ROOM. She can bring the darkness and brooding, something our Tattooed lead will need. My final pick for the lead role would go to my favorite actress from last year from my favorite movie of last year, Sarah Snook (PREDESTINATION). Maybe it was because the movie didn’t get the attention it deserved, but her performance here was simply perfect. She could bring out the best in that introverted, asocial behavior of Salander’s we love so much.

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So, ladies and gentlemen, what are your thoughts? I’ve heard a few people mention Sophie Lowe as a possible candidate; the singer/actress definitely looks the part, I haven’t seen her in anything to really make a case however. Of course the beautiful and funny Alison Brie could make a dramatic turn and shock us all, what would you say to that? If you have been watching iZombie, its star Rose McIver could potentially land on your wish list too. The young star could go for it and break out even more. Of course we have popular names like Elizabeth Olsen and Daisy Ridley. Olsen isn’t a stranger to the dramatic with her performance in MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and Ridley is becoming something of a household name since her breakout role this month in that little indie flick STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Time will tell what becomes of this movie property, so for now join us as we speculate and dream of some casting options.

Who would you like to see in the role?

RESULTS BELOW FROM CAST THIS: C.J. Parker - 1. Margot Robbie 2. Charlotte McKinney 3. Kate Upton

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Extra Tidbit: The piercings (including multiple ear, eyebrow, and nipple piercings) that Rooney Mara sports as Lisbeth Salander are real, not cosmetic simulations.
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12:31PM on 01/04/2016

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8:21PM on 01/03/2016
Cast Kate Mara just to f' with people.

It would be a shame if they skipped books 2 and 3 and just went straight to making a film out of book 4, which wasn't even written by the same author. IMO, The Girl Who Played With Fire is the most action-filled book in the series, and would probably make for a better flick than the first one.
Cast Kate Mara just to f' with people.

It would be a shame if they skipped books 2 and 3 and just went straight to making a film out of book 4, which wasn't even written by the same author. IMO, The Girl Who Played With Fire is the most action-filled book in the series, and would probably make for a better flick than the first one.
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10:41AM on 01/03/2016
Elizabeth Olsen. But preferably, I'd keep Rooney Mara as Ms. Salander. She did a great job in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Elizabeth Olsen. But preferably, I'd keep Rooney Mara as Ms. Salander. She did a great job in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
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7:13AM on 01/03/2016

Regarding last column on CJ Parker from Baywatch

Don't know if it was a one off, but that last cast this column wasn't very popular seeing how few people actually voted. So out of all the people commenting last time, top choices presented above are basically not even top choices. Really only 3 people mentioned Robbie, 2 people mentioned McKinney and 2 mentions of Upton. I say mentions since they were basically one suggestion and then someone else commenting on it, not necessarily agreeing.

I tallied the comments and these are the results I
Don't know if it was a one off, but that last cast this column wasn't very popular seeing how few people actually voted. So out of all the people commenting last time, top choices presented above are basically not even top choices. Really only 3 people mentioned Robbie, 2 people mentioned McKinney and 2 mentions of Upton. I say mentions since they were basically one suggestion and then someone else commenting on it, not necessarily agreeing.

I tallied the comments and these are the results I got:
3 mentions: margot robbie
2 mentions: charlotte mckinley, kate upton, ashley benson
1 mention: scarlett johansson, genesis rodriguez, rebel wilson, sarah underwood, melissa mccarthy, shelley hennig, melissa benoist, adrianne palicki

That's actually all of it up to this point, unless someone goes back and adds more suggestions
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2:30PM on 01/03/2016
There were two votes for Robbie. One of them was from me, but as a secondary choice. Same with McKinney. Upton had two primary votes, one from me.

Upton: 2 top picks, 2 overall mentions (3 top picks if you include the original writer's)
McKinney: 1 top pick, 1 secondary pick, 2 overall mentions
Robbie: 1 top pick, 1 secondary pick, 1 indifferent reply, 3 overall mentions
Benson: 1 top pick, 1 disagreeing reply, 2 overall mentions
Everyone else: 1 top pick/mention

So yeah, they should
There were two votes for Robbie. One of them was from me, but as a secondary choice. Same with McKinney. Upton had two primary votes, one from me.

Upton: 2 top picks, 2 overall mentions (3 top picks if you include the original writer's)
McKinney: 1 top pick, 1 secondary pick, 2 overall mentions
Robbie: 1 top pick, 1 secondary pick, 1 indifferent reply, 3 overall mentions
Benson: 1 top pick, 1 disagreeing reply, 2 overall mentions
Everyone else: 1 top pick/mention

So yeah, they should have looked harder at the comments. But the thing to note is that the winners are who get the most number of votes even if they don't amount to over 50% of them.
7:03AM on 01/03/2016

Keep Rooney Mara and rest of the cast

I definitely think the should continue the stories of Lisbeth Salander, but I feel that there is a different option they should explore compared to theatrical releases. Why don't they combine the sequels (haven't read the latest one, so I'm referring to book 2 and 3) into one project since they are already basically one story with a cliffhanger ending between them, and make like a 10 episode tv mini series from it (or however many episodes they think they need). David Fincher has connections
I definitely think the should continue the stories of Lisbeth Salander, but I feel that there is a different option they should explore compared to theatrical releases. Why don't they combine the sequels (haven't read the latest one, so I'm referring to book 2 and 3) into one project since they are already basically one story with a cliffhanger ending between them, and make like a 10 episode tv mini series from it (or however many episodes they think they need). David Fincher has connections after his House of Cards stint, so maybe Netflix would like to get involved too. TV is in such a good place today, that it can actually attract big name stars so it wouldn't be weird for them to keep people like Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Fincher doesn't even have to direct but it would be great to keep him as a producer overseeing the project. The sequels are basically a political conspiracy / mystery / courtroom / revenge drama, so not a lot of CGI or expensive set pieces or anything else that would cost a lot of money (exceptt of course A-list salaries). I say this is the way to go. I personally don't like discontinuation in casting or them rebooting everything all the time.
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11:30AM on 01/02/2016
No disrespect to Alicia Vikander, but I doubt she'll really be stretching a lot of acting muscles in Bourne 4/5. I'm gonna bet Ex Machina will be a better sample of her acting abilities
No disrespect to Alicia Vikander, but I doubt she'll really be stretching a lot of acting muscles in Bourne 4/5. I'm gonna bet Ex Machina will be a better sample of her acting abilities
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7:05AM on 01/02/2016
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10:52PM on 01/01/2016
David Fincher's film is one that whenever I see it on TV I stop on it and watch it from wherever it is. Everything about the film is great (cinematography, music and of course the performances).

Vikander might get the edge out of those three because she is is, after all, Swedish. But if they go forward they should use Rooney, she's fantastic.
David Fincher's film is one that whenever I see it on TV I stop on it and watch it from wherever it is. Everything about the film is great (cinematography, music and of course the performances).

Vikander might get the edge out of those three because she is is, after all, Swedish. But if they go forward they should use Rooney, she's fantastic.
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9:59PM on 01/01/2016
I think Elizabeth Olson is going to be a very popular name seen here.
I think Elizabeth Olson is going to be a very popular name seen here.
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1:25PM on 01/01/2016

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I'm team Alicia...stunning looks, great actor. Alison Brie already did the dramatic turn in Mad Men and I wasn't impressed. Maybe it was because of the time period of the show, and how women were expected to behave back then, but she just seemed very stilted. No other women on the show gave me that vibe.
I'm team Alicia...stunning looks, great actor. Alison Brie already did the dramatic turn in Mad Men and I wasn't impressed. Maybe it was because of the time period of the show, and how women were expected to behave back then, but she just seemed very stilted. No other women on the show gave me that vibe.
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11:02AM on 01/02/2016
That plus I don't buy Alison Brie pulling off the gritty side of Lisbeth.

So yeah, I'd go with Brie Larson or Elizabeth Olsen or Alicia Vikander.
That plus I don't buy Alison Brie pulling off the gritty side of Lisbeth.

So yeah, I'd go with Brie Larson or Elizabeth Olsen or Alicia Vikander.
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8:58AM on 01/01/2016

Forget the remakes

Learn to read instead.
The first one was worse than awful!!
Learn to read instead.
The first one was worse than awful!!
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11:31AM on 01/02/2016
But books 2 & 3 suck
But books 2 & 3 suck
11:32PM on 12/31/2015
Would love to see Rooney Mara return since I thought she was the best part of the remake. But if she doesn't return then I would be more than fine with Alicia Vikander taking the role from her. Both incredible actress'.
Would love to see Rooney Mara return since I thought she was the best part of the remake. But if she doesn't return then I would be more than fine with Alicia Vikander taking the role from her. Both incredible actress'.
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