According to The Wrap Daniel Craig is close to a deal to star as Mikael Blomkvist in the David Fincher directed adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

This is the second time that the first book in Stieg Larsson’s The Millenium Trilogy sees a film adaptation, with the original recently released in the UK and US and the two sequels following it this summer.

Blomkvist was played by Michael Nyqvist in the original Swedish adaptation and there were previously rumours that Brad Pitt was interested in the role in the US version. Daniel Craig is now apparently the front runner for the role though.

With James Bond 23 delayed indefinitely Daniel Craig probably has some room in his working schedule for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I have to say that I don’t think he’s a bad choice. As long as they don’t try and make the Blomkvist character too cool he could work in the role. Most people probably associate Craig with James Bond but other roles such as his performance in Infamous have made it clear that he is a solid actor and has more depth than the Bond films perhaps give him a chance to explore.

There is still no definite news on who will play the titular Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth Salander, but she has big shoes to fill following the excellent performance by Noomi Rapace in the Swedish version.

I really enjoyed the Swedish film of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I’m still not entirely sure I understand the need for a US remake, but I have some faith in Fincher to pull it off. What do you think about the Fincher remake and Daniel Craig as Blomkvist?