Sony has released a new trailer for the American version of Steig Larson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The first trailer was all quick images and harsh music, giving few plot details to those of us who haven’t read Larson’s book. This one gives a bit more information, and while I was excited before, I’m a bit more excited now.
Cases rarely come much colder than the decades-old disappearance of teen heiress Harriet Vanger from her family’s remote island retreat north of Stockholm, nor do fiction debuts hotter than this European bestseller by muckraking Swedish journalist Larsson. At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden’s dirty not-so-little secrets (as suggested by its original title, Men Who Hate Women), this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple: disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, freshly sentenced to jail for libeling a shady businessman, and the multipierced and tattooed Lisbeth Salander, a feral but vulnerable superhacker. Hired by octogenarian industrialist Henrik Vanger, who wants to find out what happened to his beloved great-niece before he dies, the duo gradually uncover a festering morass of familial corruption—at the same time, Larsson skillfully bares some of the similar horrors that have left Salander such a marked woman.
There’s also a nifty new poster making the rounds, and it matches the imagery the rest of the ad campaign has used: evocative, haunting, and cool. I’ve never been able to get too far into the Girl books (the writing style just isn’t my cup of tea) but with David Fincher, the man behind Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac, and The Social Network at the helm, you can bet I’ll be there opening night.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo opens December 21st, 2011