Robin Wright in negotiations for 'Dragon Tattoo'

Sources confirm to EW that Robin Wright, the 44-year-old actress who is currently filming Moneyball opposite Brad Pitt, is in negotiations for a major role in David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Wright is expected to sign a deal to play the part of Erika Berger, the editor-in-chief of Millennium magazine and long-time lover of protagonist Mikael Blomkvist, who will be played by Daniel Craig. The news was first reported in Deadline Hollywood.

The role, while significant in the first novel, grows in the two subsequent books, and Wright’s deal will include an option on the other two movies. Both CAA and Sony Pictures declined comment on the part. The studio and filmmakers are still in the hunt for their titular Girl, a decision that fans of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy” hope they will arrive at shortly.

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  • Dusty

    That is a way better looking Berger than the swedish version…more along the lines of how i pictured her

    • RyanK

      Yeah, I always imagined Berber having a smart sexiness to her. It just seemed to fit, given her charisma and charm. The Sweedish Berger didn’t seem to have that to her, although I haven’t yet seen The Girl Who Played With Fire.

    • Heidi

      Robin Wright is always the better choice if you ask me – she has never done anything but add to the project she’s in. Great decision.

  • Diggity

    They made a mistake in the Swedish version of not including the affair between Berger and Bomkvist

    • Tom

      They alluded to it at the beginning; Lisbeth spies Mikael and Erika kissing after their Christmas “party”.

      • llevinso

        Yup, and in the second one it’s in there all the way.

    • Billiam

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think anyone in the Swedish “Tattoo” movie even said Berger’s name. I just didn’t think she had much of a presence in the movie at all.

  • Stella

    Another excellent casting choice. I agree that they did not explore their relationship enough in the Swedish film, but perhaps they were trying to focus on the relationship between Lisbeth and Blomkvist more.

    • Diggity

      Yeah, in the first one it’s not that big of a deal, but how will they cover it in the sequels. It became more important.

    • Cris

      I can definitely see Robin Wright in that part. Good casting call.

  • StewyFan

    I really like Robin Wright, so this is cool. Nice choice.

  • Mincha

    Impressive! I’m only halfway through the Swedish version, but I, too, hope the remake is more faithful to the book. She’s terrific!

  • T Dub

    A phenomenal choice! A strong actress, with the right look.

  • Lisbeth

    Wish David Fincher would also consider casting some great Swedish actors in a Swedish epic, like Lena Olin- a powerful force on screen and stunning too! Would have been an interesting, unusual matchup with Daniel Craig. There’s still the role of Blomkvist’s lawyer sister..

    • llevinso

      He’s talking to Stellan Skarsgard for Martin Vanger, which I think would be perfect!

      • Re Stellan as Vanger

        Stellan would be good, but I pictured Colm Meaney in my head as I read the novel. And Stellan’s kid (Alex) as Christer Malm :).

      • Dorkophile

        Alex as Christer!! FOR SURE!! Good call!

  • conor O’Brien

    she could pass as Swedish, if they still set the movie there, daniel craig is also blond, this is looking better and better!

  • dee

    I think she is great. It’s so great to see her in more movies. Go get em Robin!

  • llevinso

    I think this is a very good casting choice (if she actually gets the part). She’s a very talented actress and pretty without being TOO pretty. The right age as well. So far so good Fincher!

  • Ed

    This may be a rare occasion when the movie is better than the book. The story is good, but the book is not. It’s bogged down by a lot of unnecessary detail, and it reads more like stage direction than a novel. It’s a very overrated novel.

  • jam4me

    Why are you making a re-make? Did you not see the orignal film? It was awesome. Hope this film dies like the re-make of “Death at a Funeral”. Leave films alones!

    • Zuh?

      The Swedish films are good, but they ain’t perfect. Fincher can totally make an adaptation that stays closer to the novels than those films. For instance, the Swedish Dragon Tattoo film TOTES messed up Salander & Blomqvist’s “meet cute.” If Daniel Craig isn’t holding a bag of bagels, there will be hell to pay…

    • Billiam

      I think it’s wrong to call this a remake of the Swedish movie. I’m assuming they consider their “source material” to be the original book, rather than the Swedish movie.

  • Why didn’t I think of that?

    The Erika Berger I imagined is Charlize Theron, but I guess she’s too young, and too tanned to pass for a Swede. Robin is a good choice. Also, I’m jumping the gun but I totally pictured Carrie Mulligan and Leo Di Caprio as Johansson and Svensson. Completely wishful thinking as these aren’t very big parts, tho central to the second novel.

    • tennisfan

      Too tanned? Have you ever been to Sweden in the summer? I have and, yes, they are very blond, but they are extremely tan as well! You actually do not see too many people quite like that in the States, but everywhere you go in Sweden in the summer you see people with white-blond hair and TAN, not fair/burned or fake orange, but very tan skin.

  • Dorkophile

    I don’t know how I feel about the choice. From the books I pictured Erika as a stronger female, a little more imposing, than I get from Robin Wright. Maybe a brunette? Someone powerful & strong but sexy like Michelle Forbes can be, or hmmm… Maria Bello? Diane Lane? Or even Michelle Pfeiffer could pull it off! I dunno, I guess there could have been many WORSE choices, so it’s still okay. I’m sure I’ll still see the movie…

    • A-K87

      she’s blonde in the book.

    • Anon

      Diane Lane would make a good Erika Berger. Michelle Pfeiffer would make a good Cecilia.

  • ariettty

    Love this idea!

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