The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/Stieg Larsson News

Stieg Larsson becomes first author to sell 1m ebooks on Amazon

The late Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson has beaten Stephenie Meyer and James Patterson to become the first author to sell more than one million ebooks on Amazon.

The online retailer said yesterday that Larsson, author of the Millennium trilogy, had become the first member of its new "Kindle Million Club", for authors whose work has sold over a million copies in Amazon's Kindle store in the US. The crime novelist is likely to be joined by thriller writer Patterson – Amazon said last week that it had sold over 860,000 of his ebooks – while Twilight scribe Meyer, Sookie Stackhouse creator Charlaine Harris and queen of romantic suspense Nora Roberts have each sold more than 500,000 Kindle books in the US.

The novelist's three books – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest – currently top Amazon's Kindle bestseller list, and are also in the top 10 bestselling Kindle books of all time, according to the retailer.

Quercus has sold 3.3m copies of Larsson's books in the UK, and estimates that worldwide sales of the three novels are somewhere between 35-40m copies, "but they are literally selling too fast to count", said Millar.

Daniel Craig Confirmed for Dragon Tattoo and Sequels has confirmed that Daniel Craig will star in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on Stieg Larsson's posthumously published crime thriller trilogy, "The Millennium Series." The deal includes two sequels based on The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.

Adapted by Steve Zaillian, "Dragon Tattoo" describes the mystery surrounding the long-unsolved disappearance of an heiress. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig), recently dinged by a libel case, and young female hacker Lisbeth Salander try to resolve it, stirring up bundles of personal and industrial corruption along the way. The role of Salander has not been cast yet.

Scott Rudin is producing "Dragon Tatoo," which Columbia Pictures will release on December 21, 2011.

Director Niels Arden Oplev's Swedish adaptation of the book, starring Noomi Rapace, has earned an impressive $101.7 million worldwide. The follow-up, The Girl Who Played with Fire, has taken in $54 million so far. The third installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, has not been released here yet.

Craig is currently filming Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens.

Dragon Tattoo Star Narrowed to Final Four

Any day now, director David Fincher will change a young actress' life by giving her the starring role in the latest hyper-anticipated movie franchise: the English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson's blockbuster crime thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

The Daily Beast has learned exclusively that the role of brilliant hacker Lisbeth Salander has been narrowed down to four virtually unknown actresses:

Australians Sophie Lowe, starring in the forthcoming thriller Blame,

Sarah Snook, (Sleeping Beauty),

American Rooney Mara, who co-stars in Fincher's upcoming Facebook film The Social Network,

and French actress Lea Seydoux, who appeared in Inglourious Basterds and Robin Hood.

Not one of the early contenders seems to have made the cut. Not Natalie Portman, Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page, Mia Wasikowska, Emily Browning, nor even Fincher's favorite, the pixie South African rapper Yo-Landi Vi$$er. They have all been passed over for various reasons: too old. Too tall. Too famous. Or just not interested. (That would be Vi$$er.)

Fincher screen-tested the four actresses last Thursday, after putting out the word that no one over 24 years old or taller than 5-foot-5 would be seriously considered. (In the books, Larsson describes Lisbeth as a 24-year old who sometimes looks 14.) And he preferred unknowns. Not long after that, Portman, 29, and Mulligan, who stands 5-foot-7, told reporters they weren't in the running for the part. Meanwhile, the Oscar-nominated Page, who is 23 and 5-foot-1, was told to keep working on her Swedish accent, despite the fact that Fincher's "unknown" mandate seemed to nix her chances. Browning, who is 21 and meets the physical requirements, is still talking to filmmakers but not among the top contenders.

It's a real nail-biter for a small clutch of Hollywood agents, each of them wondering who will hit the movie-making lottery. "This is the biggest role for an actress in the last five or six years," one agent noted. "If the movie works and the actress is good, it's a role they could be [Oscar] nominated for. And it's a big global footprint to get other jobs. It's a game changer."

The well-reviewed Swedish film adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, released first in 2009 and this year in the U.S., was the highest grossing Swedish film ever made and has already earned more than $100 million worldwide. It swept this year's Guldebagge Awards—the Swedish Oscars—earning best film, fan favorite and Noomi Rapace, who played Salander, a best actress award. With the full force of the Hollywood machine behind a Columbia Pictures adaptation, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo could make a Twilight-level impact on audiences.

Fans felt the Swedish adaptations of the three movies (led by Tattoo's Danish director Niels Arden Oplev) were sufficiently faithful to the books. Some even hoped Rapace would reprise her role for the Hollywood remakes. In a March poll by Music Box Films, the U.S. distributor of the Swedish movies, 68 percent of respondents voted for Rapace to play Salander again.Ellen Page came in a distant second. "Noomi Rapace IS Lisbeth Salander," Maryland fan Mary-Lynn Ragot told The Daily Beast.

In terms of plot and storytelling, American fans want the movies to take place in Sweden—which they will—with a script as faithful to the books as possible. And they don't want Fincher to shy away from Larsson's strong themes and storylines—specifically, the graphic rape scene and Salander's reaction to it.

So far, the studio, Fincher, and his producers are keeping the lid on the script. Actresses who screen-tested for the role were given select pages for the audition. And no one with the production is talking. (Reps for Fincher, producer Scott Rudin, and Pascal all declined to be interviewed for this story.)

"It's Fincher," said one Hollywood insider. "He's going to do his own thing. And what that means I have no idea."

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