July 26, 2010 / 11:02 PM / 8 years ago

Daniel Craig to star in "Tattoo" remake

Jay A. Fernandez

Actor Daniel Craig in Tokyo November 25, 2008. REUTERS/Issei Kato

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Daniel Craig will star in the English-language remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” plus the two potential follow-ups based on author Stieg Larsson’s best-selling trilogy.

David Fincher is on board to direct the adaptation, which Steve Zaillian is writing and Scott Rudin is producing for film studio Sony Pictures.

Actor Daniel Craig during a photocall to mark the start of production of the 22nd James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace", north of London, January 24, 2008. REUTERS/Stephen Hird

With development and production on the next James Bond film recently halted in the midst of MGM’s endless financial restructuring, Craig needed a new job. The Larsson trilogy provides him with another franchise to nurture.

Music Box Films is in the process of releasing the original Swedish-language film adaptations in the United States. “Tattoo” has grossed $9.6 million in the U.S. and $92 million internationally.

The second film, “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” has grossed $2.9 million in the U.S. since its release earlier this month. It grossed $51 million internationally.

A third movie, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” is scheduled to be released later this year.

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