David Fincher's upcoming remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo just got a talent boost as Daniel Craig, who is taking an unplanned break from James Bond, has signed on. Bond 23 has been sidelined due to financial difficulty at MGM.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first of a trilogy of films based on "The Millennium Series" novels by late author Stieg Larsson. Filmic adaptations of the first two books have already been made as Swedish language films, but Fincher is handling the American remakes and will tend to Dragon Tattoo as his next directorial effort following The Social Network, which sees release this October.
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 film is being adapted by Steve Zaillian and produced by Scott Rudin, and is scheduled to hit theaters on December 21, 2011.