Tracking the Dragon Tattoo: Daniel Craig is In, Allison Scagliotti is an Interesting Lisbeth Candidate

The Girl with the Dragon TattooAs if it were The Avengers all of the sudden, the David Fincher led re-envisioning (or whatever) of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is making so many headlines that I’m forced to lay it all down in one mega-article. It’s only mega based on length, mind you, as I’ve all but run out of hilarious quips about a movie that involves so much rape and shivering Scandinavians. Alas, there is some news. Including a confirmation on Daniel Craig’s involvement and another lady who might be throwing her name into the hat to play Lisbeth Salander. It’s all very interesting, I assure you.

Daniel Craig is in…

Daniel CraigThe first bit of news revolves around Daniel Craig, who has been confirmed today by Deadline as the man who will play journalist Mikael Blomkvist, a role previously held by Michael Nyqvist in the Swedish film adaptation (now available on DVD and Blu-ray). Craig is coming off of a bit of a lull since 2008’s Quantum of Solace. And with the next Bond film still hanging in the balance as MGM hopes for a mystical solution to their very real financial issues, it’s good to see Craig moving on with a quality project. Because despite the usual “remake” designation, this is a quality project. David Fincher and writer Steve Zaillian are working from the original novel. And as we’re seeing with Matt Reeves’ Let Me In, that can enrich the duplicate product and give it some leverage with dire fans of the original.

Allison Scagliotti would make an interesting Lisbeth…

Allison ScagliottiThe name Allison Scagliotti might not jump out at you right away. That is, unless you are like me and you find her to be the only reason worth watching SyFy’s Warehouse 13 as it plods through its second season. She’s a burst of energy on that show, often filling scenes with personality that would surely not exist if the task were left to the duo of Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly.

Late last week, I noticed a tweet from Ms. Scagliotti that directed her followers to a Facebook page dedicated to her playing Lisbeth Salander in this new version of the Millenium Trilogy. It’s an interesting proposition, Scagliotti as Lisbeth. She’s got the range to pull it off, and even though it would be a much darker character than we’ve seen from her on Warehouse 13, she should have no trouble pulling it off. She also comes with much less baggage than a Carey Mulligan or a Keira Knightley. As in, she’s relatively unknown and that works to her advantage.

For those who have seen Scagliotti’s work — either on Warehouse 13 or in her hilarious single episode arc on Party Down — what do you think of her as Lisbeth Salander?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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