‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Does ‘Empire’ Magazine

Lisbeth Salander Is NOT A Superhero

Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are featured on the cover of the new issue of Empire magazine, marking the FIRST magazine cover for the upcoming David Fincher film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In the coverstory interview, Fincher himself makes it clear that lead protagonist Lisbeth Salander (played by Mara) is not a superhero figure. She may be a tough chick who kicks ass but her amazing strength comes from very difficult circumstances. It’s an interesting read … check out an excerpt from this issue of Empire below.

It’s that time again, time for a glorious new Empire cover to be unveiled. And this month we’re going dark and twisted with David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara going front and centre. The film is, as you all know, the adaptation of the first of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, with Rooney Mara as hacker Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist. David Fincher’s directing, and the cast also includes the not-inconsiderable likes of Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgard, Joely Richardson, Julian Sands, Embeth Davidtz and Geraldine James. Our Nev Pierce interviewed all those involved and visited the set to bring you all the latest on the film, but here’s just a taster of what Fincher had to say about Salander herself. “There were discussions early on where people were like, ‘She’s a superhero!’ And you go, ‘No, she’s not. Superheroes live in a world of good and evil, and she’s far more complex than a superhero. She’s been compromised. She’s been subjugated. She’s been marginalised. She’s been swept into the gutter and she’s had a part in it. She dresses like trash because she’s someone who has been betraued and hurt so badly, by forces beyond her control, that she’s just decided to be refuse. She can sit anywhere she wants on the bus, because nobody wants to deal with her.”

I am really, REALLY looking forward to the release of this film. I’m really trying to find the time to finish reading the book before this new Dragon Tattoo film comes out. I saw the original Swedish films without reading the books and I enjoyed them but I hear the books are much grittier than what was shown in those films. I understand Fincher‘s vision of Dragon Tattoo is more true to the book … so I want to see this movie prepared. I can’t wait. More promo, please!

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  1. CHASE

    TRENT! You NEED to read the book; it’s so good. However, it can be a grueling read because it isn’t really a fast paced type of book, but it’s so worth it. Srsly, bruh. ; )

  2. KS

    I’m a bit disappointed in this cover. I don’t think it accurately portrays the dynamic between the characters. Lisbeth is not submissive as she appears in this cover shoot. She’s such a strong female. I hope they capture that in the film, if not in the promo materials (I felt the same about the poster, and how he had his arm sort it possessively around her nude body).

  3. Marcus_Em

    The books were awesome Trent. However getting through the first 3 quarters of Dragon Tattoo is pretty difficult. Alot of Sweedish financial and legal jargin to read and that mixed with learning all the Sweedish names and pro-nouns is seriously difficult. I had stopped reading it because I had no idea what was going on for a while buttt then once the story picks up and Blomkvist gets to that little cabin looking for Harriet .. JEEZ its seriously some of the best page turning stuff I’ve ever read! PUMPED for this movie (even though i find it unnecessary , the Swedish films were brilliant and there will never be a Lizbeth like Noomi.. just sayin)

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