18 New Character Photos and Profiles for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Adaptation
08.21.11 by BJSprecher
If you've been hearing others talk excitedly about director David Fincher's (Fight Club, The Social Network) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation and you want to join in on the conversation but you're too embarrassed to admit that you've never read the books by the late Stieg Larsson or watched the Swedish movie adaptation by director Niels Oplev, then we've found just the thing to help get you up to speed. A new "Characters" feature has been added to the official website for Fincher's The
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that contains new photos and detailed background profiles on 18 of the main characters in the movie, more than enough to help you feel in-the-know the next time conversation turns to the movie (and it will!).
Mikael Blomkvist doesn't consider himself a radical — just a financial reporter who works hard and is serious about h is responsibilities as a journalist. Unfortunately, that makes him a frequent source of humiliation to less dedicated reporters and a threat to unscrupulous business leaders and politicians. So when the biggest story of his career — a blistering exposé of billionaire speculator-turned-corporate-leader Hans-Erik Wennerström — crumbles in the face of a libel action, more than a few of Stockholm's leading financial figures, not to mention Blomkvist's jealous colleagues, take is as cause for celebration.
His credibility shredded by the libel verdict, Blomkvist steps away from his job at Millenium magazine, determined to drop out of sight for a while. But an unexpected invitation to meet with an elderly gentleman who once led one of Sweden's most powerful family-owned corporations, alters his plans. Blomkvist finds himself on a train bound for the industrialist's estate on Hedeby, a remote island on the freezing Norrland coast, unprepared for what actually awaits him.
Lisbeth Salander is…different. She's an imaginative and thorough investigator with Milton Security, a h igh-tech security firm, but rarely comes in the office — much to her co-workers relief. Pale and anorexic-looking and all but mute, she radiates hostility. Her wardrobe is all-black and, like her many piercings and tattoos, reads less like a fashion statement than a warning. And for those who don't heed it, there's a Taser in her pocket. Only the eyes, all but lost in heavy black make-up, hint at the hurt and vulnerability inside. No matter — no one ever gets close enough to notice — until she's assigned to investigate journalist Mikael Blomkvist — and her life takes and unexpected turn.
Henrik Vaner retired from his position as head of Vanger Industries decades ago. In his day, he presided over the 120-year-old family-owned conglomerate that laid the tracks and cut the timber and made the steel that built modern Sweden. Now he lives in seclusion in the family manor on remote Hedeby Island. The once-titanic Vanger Industries has not fared well in recent years, but Henrik Vanger himself remains a reminder of past greatness — forthright, intelligent, and, as Blomkvist discovers when he arrives at Hedeby, very troubled.
Forty years earlier, Harriet Vanger, Henrik's teenage grandniece, disappeared from the island — murdered, he's convinced, by someone in, or very close to, the family. Henrik needs closure. He needs to know that happened before time runs out for him. He needs Blomkvist's help investigating the entire Vanger clan.
Erika Berger has known Blomkvist for 20 years, ever since they met at journalism school. As business partners in Millenium magazine and on-again, off-again lovers, they've made a natural pair — her old-money allure playing off against his working-class grit. Blomkvist's marriage broke up over their intimate relationship; Erika's husband doesn't seem to mind. As for the magazine, she brought in most of the investors and acts as editor in chief while he writes the business exposés that give it heft and clout. But when he insists on stepping down after his libel conviction, and then flees Stockhom entirely for a dubious assignment from Henrik Vanger in what might as well be the North Pole, Erika can't help but make her unhappiness known.
To see the photos and read the profiles of the other 14 characters, check out the official website for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.