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Daniel Craig: Guy with the Dragon Tattoo!

Daniel Craig: Guy with the Dragon Tattoo!

Daniel Craig will play journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the big screen adaptation of the Stieg Larsson-written novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, set for a December 21, 2011 release.

Deadline reports that starting early fall, the 42-year-old British actor will film in Sweden with director David Fincher (The Social Network, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Panic Room, Fight Club).

Candidates to play the female lead include Ellen Page (Juno), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Sara Snook (Sleeping Beauty), Rooney Mara (The Social Network) and Sophie Lowe (Blame).

Over the weekend, Daniel and director Jon Favreau promoted his upcoming sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens at Comic-Con in San Diego, Calif.

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