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Daniel Craig axed from ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’?

- February 3rd, 2013

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If Daniel Craig played any part in your decision to plunk down $12.99 to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo when it came out in 2011, you might not be too happy when the sequel hits screens.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craig, bolstered by the box-office haul of his most recent Bond adventure, Skyfall, is looking for a pay hike if he’s to return for The Girl Who Played With Fire.

But apparently, producers at Sony are looking to keep costs down after the first film’s lukewarm box-office results, and are considering writing Craig’s character out of the sequel if he insists on a raise (Sources close to Craig say negotiations haven’t even started and that the actor wants to return to the role).

If you’ve read the books, you already know that Craig’s journalist character Mikael Blomkvist is not the focal point of The Girl Who Played With Fire or The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. The ensuing instalments of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series revolve around hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara).

Steven Zaillian’s script has already been written (with Blomkvist present), and director David Fincher is eyeing the Dragon Tattoo sequel as his next film.

But Craig’s co-star, Rooney Mara, says reports that Blomkvist will not return for The Girl Who Played With Fire are without merit.

“I don’t know where that rumour was started — but it would never be a possibility,” Mara told MTV about talk of Craig’s exit. “He wouldn’t be written out.”

What do you think Millennium fans, does Lisbeth’s cinematic story really need Mikael? Let us know in the comments.

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8 comments

  1. AB2012 | February 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    The American version of Dragon Tattoo stunk. The books were great. The Swedish version of the movies were decent. But the one with Daniel Craig….ugh, not even worth watching on free TV.

  2. Bill White | February 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Why not get the Swedish actor for the part ? I am sure that his English must be as good as Arnold’s.

  3. Jules | February 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Of course! You must know it needs Mikael if you really read the books. I loved the first of Swedish version and I loved Noomi Rapace, but the second/third one are Meh.. So I expect the next film of the American version. As for Craig, his rep denied the rumor — negotiations have yet to commence. Craig/Mara don’t even know whether shooting on the film is made, and when it starts shooting. I heard Fincher and Zaillian planned to bring Mikael to central part, and wanted more of Mikael and Lisbeth together in the sequels and so were going to deviate more from the books to achieve that. Craig and Mara have great chemistry, so I’d never see the sequels if the studio dumped him. (Honestly, Daniel Craig was the only one reason why I saw the American one.)

  4. Barza | February 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    It’s all nonsense, really. How do they, Daniel and Rooney, start the negotiations though they say they know nothing about the sequel? Sony did first strike against the lead actor because they didn’t want to pay him more?! It sounds like a diversionary attack. How stupid! Sony, if you REALLY want to make the ‘awesome’ sequel, don’t yelling. Just make it. Pay him.

  5. suggestion | February 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    How about bringing in Alexander Skarsgard? He seems a whole lot easier to work with.

  6. Jack Bauer | May 16, 2013 at 3:21 am

    “If you’ve read the books, you already know that Craig’s journalist character Mikael Blomkvist is not the focal point of The Girl Who Played With Fire or The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”

    That is not even true. He’s in the second two books just as much as Salander.

  7. Mary Ann | July 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I loved the books and really loved the movie. I can hardly wait for the second sequel to hit theatres. No more DISPICABLE ME….lets have some good movies.

  8. Glen | January 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Blomkvist is certainly central to the second and third parts. How could you say he isn’t. Also, the chemistry between Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig is incredible. If Blomkvist is written out, or if Daniel Craig is not signed for the role, it would be incredibly stupid. The instinct to add more screen time with Mara and Craig together is dead on correct.

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