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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011)
Release Date: December 21, 2011
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: David Fincher
Screenwriter: Steve Zaillian
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
DANIEL CRAIG (Mikael Blomkvist) is hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation on stage, screen and television. Craig plays the pirate Red Rackham in director Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, the animated adventure with a cast including Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, and Simon Pegg. He is currently in production on Skyfall, his third film as James Bond 007, set for release next fall.
In 2009, Craig returned to the stage for a twelve week Broadway run of “A Steady Rain.” Craig played opposite Hugh Jackman in this contemporary American play based on two Chicago cops who recount their conflicting stories of a harrowing experience. The same year, Craig starred on the big screen in Edward Zwick’s Defiance, based on the true story of four brothers in Nazi occupied Poland. In 2008, Craig made his second outing as James Bond in Quantum of Solace, directed by Marc Forster and co-starring Judi Dench, Olga Kurylenko, and Gemma Arterton.
Born in 1968 in Chester and raised near Liverpool, Craig was first introduced to theatre at The Liverpool Everyman. When he reached his late teens, he moved to London to join the National Youth Theatre, before continuing his training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Craig has since secured eclectic roles in television, theatre and film, and is now regarded as one of Britain’s finest actors.
Craig’s earlier film credits include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Elizabeth, Hotel Splendide, I Dreamed of Africa, Love and Rage, Obsession, and The Power of One. In 2002, Craig garnered critical acclaim for his role in Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition, and the following year, he was seen in The Mother, based on the screenplay by Hanif Kureishi and directed by Roger Michell. In 2004, Craig starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Sylvia, which tells of the lives of poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. In 2005, he was seen supporting Adrien Brody and Keira Knightly in The Jacket, in Matthew Vaughn’s directorial debut Layer Cake, and in Roger Michell’s critically acclaimed Enduring Love (based on the bestselling novel by Ian McEwan).
The following year, audiences saw him in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar®-nominated film Munich, and he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Douglas McGrath’s Infamous, which also starred Sandra Bullock and Gwyneth Paltrow. In 2006, he made his James Bond debut in Casino Royale, for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor and an Empire Film Award in the same category; the film became the highest grossing in the history of the 007 franchise. In 2007, audiences saw Craig in The Golden Compass, co-starring Nicole Kidman and Eva Green, and the following year in Flashbacks of a Fool, directed by Baillie Walsh.
A highly accomplished stage actor, Craig’s theatre credits include leading roles in “Hurlyburly” with the Peter Hall Company at the Old Vic, “Angels in America” at The National Theatre, and in “A Number” at the Royal Court alongside Michael Gambon.
Craig has numerous notable television credits, including the BBC adaptation of Michael Frayn’s award-winning “Copenhagen,” “Our Friends in the North,” “Sword of Honour,” “The Ice House,” “The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders,” “Kiss and Tell,” “Sharpe’s Eagle,” and in the two-part BBC film “Archangel,” based on Robert Harris’ book of the same name.
ROONEY MARA (Lisbeth Salander) began her career several years ago, shortly after enrolling as a student at New York University. Since then, Mara landed roles in several independent films, including Dare and The Winning Season, both of which debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Mara co-starred alongside Jackie Earle Haley and Thomas Dekker in the latest installment of Nightmare on Elm Street as well as with Michael Cera in Youth in Revolt. Mara also appeared as the lead character, Francesca, in the 2009 Toronto Film Festival entry Tanner Hall, directed by Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg. In 2010, Mara played the ex-girlfriend of Mark Zuckerberg, in David Fincher’s The Social Network.
Mara is the Founder of the non-profit organization Uweze, which provides critical care and assistance to poverty-stricken orphans in Kibera, Kenya.
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Henrik Vanger) has enjoyed a career spanning almost 60 years, becoming one of the theater’s most respected actors and a veteran of more than 100 motion pictures.
Raised in Montreal, Plummer began his professional career on stage and radio in both French and English. After his New York debut in 1954, he went on to star in many celebrated productions on Broadway and London’s West End, winning accolades on both sides of the Atlantic. Plummer has won Tony Awards® for the musical “Cyrano” and for “Barrymore” while receiving seven Tony nominations, his latest for his “King Lear” (2004) and for his Clarence Darrow in “Inherit the Wind” (2007). He also won three Drama Desk Awards and the National Arts Club Medal.
A former leading member of the Royal National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier and the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall, Plummer won London’s Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in “Becket.” He led Canada’s Stratford Festival in its formative years under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Michael Langham. Today, Plummer is widely recognized as one of the finest classical actors of his time.
Since Sidney Lumet introduced Plummer to the screen in Stage Struck (1958), his range of notable films include The Man Who Would Be King, Battle of Britain, Waterloo, Fall of the Roman Empire, Star Trek VI, Twelve Monkeys and the 1965 Oscar® winner The Sound of Music. More recently, Plummer appeared in the Oscar®-nominated drama The Insider as Mike Wallace, a role for which he won the National Film Critics Award. Other film credits include the Oscar®-winning drama A Beautiful Mind, Man in the Chair, Must Love Dogs, National Treasure, Syriana and Inside Man.
Television appearances numbering close to 100 include the Emmy®-winning BBC production “Hamlet at Elsinore,” in the title role, and other Emmy®-winning productions such as “The Thornbirds,” “Nuremberg” and “Little Moon of Alban.” Plummer himself has won two Emmys® with six nominations. He has also written for the stage, television and concert hall.
Apart from honors in the U.K., U.S., Austria and Canada, Plummer was the first performer to receive the Jason Robards Award, in memory of his great friend the actor. He also won the Edwin Booth Award and the Sir John Gielgud Quill Award.
In 1968, sanctioned by Queen Elizabeth II, Plummer was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada (an honorary knighthood). He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1986 and added to Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2000. An Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at Julliard, Plummer received the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
The actor’s recent memoir, In Spite of Myself (Knopf), was much lauded by critics and the public alike.
Plummer’s latest projects include the highly praised animated films Up, 9, and My Dog Tulip, as well as the title role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, directed by Terry Gilliam. In 2010, he received his first Academy Award® nomination playing the great novelist Tolstoy opposite Helen Mirren in The Last Station. He followed this with Mike Mills’ Beginners, which has been critically acclaimed throughout the world.
A native of Sweden, STELLAN SKARSGÅRD (Martin Vanger) is considered one of the country’s top stage and film actors. He began his career with the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where he spent 16 years working with such leading directors as Alf Sjoberg and Ingmar Bergman. His breakthrough role came in the 1982 Swedish film The Simpleminded Murderer, for which he received the Best Actor award at the Berlin Film Festival.
In addition to the more than 30 films in which he starred in Sweden, Skarsgård’s additional credits include The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Hunt for Red October, The Ox (Oscar®-nominated for Best Foreign Film), Breaking the Waves (which won the Grand Prix at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival) and the Norwegian film Insomnia.
Skarsgård has been honored with awards from the Berlin Film Festival, the Swedish motion picture industry, the Rouen Film Festival, the Chicago Film Festival, the St. Sebastian Film Festival, and the Telluride Film Festival. He won Best European Achievement in World Cinema (1998).
He most recently starred in Thor opposite Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman; he will reprise his role in Marvel Studios’ The Avengers (helmed by Joss Whedon). He also stars in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, which recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
He can also be seen in other hits such as Angels and Demons, Mamma Mia!, the second and third installments in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and Good Will Hunting.
STEVEN BERKOFF (Frode) is an internationally acclaimed British actor who continues to delight cinemagoers worldwide. Berkoff’s many film credits range from A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, and Octopussy, to Beverly Hills Cop as well as over forty other features. He most recently starred opposite Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in The Tourist.
As director, Berkoff has mounted numerous theatre productions around the world from Los Angeles to New York City to Europe to Australia. Berkoff’s standout performances have garnered him many accolades including L.A. Drama Circle and L.A. Weekly Drama Awards, as well as recognition at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Most recently Berkoff was nominated for the UK’s Theatrical Management Association Theatre Award for his directorial work in On the Waterfront, which ran at the prestigious Haymarket Theatre in London’s West End and in which he also played the leading role of Johnny Friendly.
Berkoff has also starred in numerous television series and television films, including “The Borgias” for Showtime.
ROBIN WRIGHT (Erika Berger) was most recently seen in Bennett Miller’s Moneyball, based on the true story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane.
Other films Wright recently completed filming include Oren Moverman’s Rampart, in which she stars alongside Woody Harrelson and Sigourney Weaver, and The Congress, Ari Folman’s adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s novel, The Futurological Congress .
Wright consistently receives glowing reviews for the various characters she plays, including her performance in 2009 as Pippa Lee in Rebecca Miller’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee opposite Julianne Moore, Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves and Blake Lively. The same year, Wright was seen in the Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol, directed by Robert Zemeckis. In 2010, she starred in Robert Redford's riveting courtroom drama, The Conspirator opposite Justin Long and James McAvoy as Mary Surratt, a woman convicted of taking part in the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.
Wright has received many kudos for her outstanding performances over the years. She was honored with a career tribute at the 35th Annual Deauville Festival of American Cinema. Her first two major award nominations, for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress, came in 1995 for her unforgettable role as Jenny in Robert Zemeckis' Best Picture Oscar® winner, Forrest Gump. Wright earned her second Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Lead Actress in Nick Cassavetes’ She’s So Lovely, and her third nomination for Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries in Fred Schepisi's “Empire Falls.” She has received three Independent Spirit nominations, for her performances in Erin Dignam's Loved, Rodrigo Garcia's Nine Lives, and Jeff Stanzler's Sorry, Haters. Additionally, Wright starred in and served as an executive producer on Deborah Kampmeier's Virgin, which received an Independent Spirit nomination for Best First Feature, also known as the John Cassavetes Award.
Other film credits include: Rob Reiner's cult classic The Princess Bride; Barry Levinson's What Just Happened; Deborah Kampmeier's Houndog, which Wright also executive produced; Kevin Macdonald's State of Play; Anthony Minghella's Breaking and Entering; Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf; Keith Gordon's The Singing Detective; Peter Kosminsky's White Oleander; Anthony Drazan's Hurlyburly; Sean Penn's The Pledge; Luis Mandoki's Message in a Bottle; M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable; Pen Densham's Moll Flanders; Barry Levinson's Toys; and Room 10 for Glamour magazine's "Reel Women Film Series."
YORICK VAN WAGENINGEN (Bjurman) was born in Baarn in the Netherlands. He trained at the Actors Studio Amsterdam and worked the first fifteen years of his career solely in the theater in both the Netherlands and France. He began his film career in Dutch films before Total Loss, directed by Dana Nechushtan, was selected for the AFI festival in Los Angeles, through which he was introduced to Hollywood. During the last ten years, van Wageningen has starred opposite Angelina Jolie in Beyond Borders, appeared in The Chonicles of Riddick, The Tulse Luper Suitcases directed by Peter Greenaway, and The New World directed by Terrence Malick. He most recently starred in the award winning Oorlogswinter by Martin Koolhoven. He recently finished working on The Way, directed by Emilio Estevez.
Yorick is married and has a dog called Atilla.
JOELY RICHARDSON (Anita Vanger) can currently be seen as Queen Elizabeth I in Roland Emmerich's epic Jacobean feature Anonymous. Following the release of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes the supernatural thriller Red Lights with Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver in early 2012. Richardson has just completed filming Thanks for Sharing alongside Tim Robbins, Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow in New York. In addition, after a success off Broadway in Michael Weller's “Side Effects,” Richardson returns to the British stage in January, 2012 as Ellida in Ibsen's “The Lady from the Sea.”
Richardson’s career started when she portrayed the younger version of her mother in the film Wetherby. After a leading role in Peter Greenaway's cult success Drowning by Numbers (1988), her career then saw leading roles in “Poirot,” Jim Henson's The Storyteller, a teacher on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the 1989 Channel 4 serial “Behaving Badly,” and fictional Finnish Princess Anna in the 1991 screen comedy King Ralph. A year later, she appeared in Shining Through alongside her future brother-in-law, Liam Neeson.
Richardson's work over six seasons on “Nip/Tuck” merited two Golden Globe nominations for her performance as Julia McNamara; the series also won a Golden Globe.
Past theatre includes: “Lady Windermere's Fan” (West End), “Miss Julie” (Almeida), “Macbeth,” “Worlds Apart,” “Every Man in His Humor,” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream” (RSC).
Other films include: The Last Mimzy (Bob Shaye), The Affair of the Necklace (Charles Shyer), The Patriot (Roland Emmerich), Maybe Baby (Ben Elton), 101 Dalmatians (Steven Herek), Event Horizon, Loch Ness and Sister My Sister (Nancy Meckler).
Other television includes: Catherine Parr in “The Tudors,” “Day of the Triffids” with Dougray Scott for the BBC, “Lies My Mother Told Me,” Wallis Simpson in Company Pictures' drama “Wallis and Edward” with Stephen Campbell Moore, Poliakoff's “The Tribe” with Jeremy Northam and Anna Friel, “The Echo,” and the title role in the 1993 production of “Lady Chatterley” opposite Sean Bean.
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