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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo": casting the new film version

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(Read caption) Daniel Craig will play journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the English-language film version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is pretty much inescapable this summer. Either you've read the book or you've seen the Swedish-language film version or both. Or, if you're one of the few who've somehow missed the juggernaut, please note that there will be another incarnation of the story coming at you soon. Sony is now casting the English-language version of the global bestseller by deceased Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson.

Daniel Craig – aka, cinema's most recent James Bond – has closed a deal to play journalist Mikael Blomkvist, the male protagonist of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," says Deadline.com.

That's big news for the many fans of the Millennium Trilogy (the series also includes "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.") In a way, however, the question of who will play Blomkvist is a less urgent matter. Much more important is the film identity of quirky heroine Lisbeth Salander.

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