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The original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo next faces off with Holmes and Watson!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Noomi Rapace, the actress who first brought Lisbeth Salander to the silver screen in the Swedish film adaptations of Seig Larson's insanely popular series of books which began with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. David Fincher, as you should damn well know by now, is helming an English-language remake. Unfortunately Ms. Rapace is being replaced with the up and coming Rooney Mara. Don't be sad, though. Noomi is set to be the female lead of the SHERLOCK HOLMES sequel opposite Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law's Dr. Watson according to the lovely Borys Kit at his Heat Vision Blog. He doesn't know exactly what part Noomi is to play, but there's speculation she's a French gypsy.

There's no mention of Rachel McAdams in Borys' article, so I have no idea if she'll be back, but we do know that Moriarty will be a pivotal figure this time out, Sherlock's smarter brother Mycroft is involved and that Guy Ritchie is returning to direct. I don't know about you guys, but I had a blast with the first Sherlock flick and am excited to see the band get back together for a sequel. And Rapace was fantastic in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, so seeing her play with Downey and Law could be a lot of fun. Thoughts? -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



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  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    YAWN

    by LimemonkeyX3

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Wake me when there's something "Cool" in your news....

    by LimemonkeyX3

    Seriously.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Is this the one where Holmes is gay?

    by TheKiller7

    Because that's what Downey Jr. wanted to go with the character in the sequel.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    I'd like more Sherlock Holmes in my Sherlock Holmes movies

    by SmokingRobot

    Ok?

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:30 a.m. CST

    first Sherlock Holmes was terrible

    by FranklinStreet

    just a disgrace to the character. and that's coming from someone who likes both Law and Downey, Jr., but the movie they made had little to do with Sherlock Holmes and was nothing but a brand name cash grab by a snarky, Hollywoodized Dickensian-era detective. it lacked any kind of believable reality; I mean, come on, those fight scenes were ludicrous, embarassingly laughable. a big steaming pile of self-aware hack job bullshit.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Embarrassing

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    I really felt for the poor people involved in "Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of the Black Pearl". What a strange mess of a movie with almost nothing to do with the original title character. And now they make a sequel?! I know, money talks, but midget iron man RDJ should be able to cherry pick his projects?

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:46 a.m. CST

    yeah...

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    which I guess he did...

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

    I'd prefer to see List of Seven

    by The Mothman

    The book was mentioned in some distant talkback and upon picking it up, was surprised how good it was. Same goes for the sequel. Basically Indiana Jones in the world of Arthur Conan Doyle. Of course, because it's quality, we'll never ever see it adapted.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST

    loved both SH and TGWTDT

    by antonphd

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Noomi Rapace is crazy sex incarnate.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    They should have paid her big money to reprise her role. More than they are paying Daniel Craig, cheap bastards. Yeah Fincher, I'm calling you out, big time you've become a slave to Hollywood and you need to bring your art back. I know you're reading... it's not too late to er-cast and pay Rapace what she deserves.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Fucking drunk typos... where is that edit button?

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Yeah, I type stupid, but I know my shit.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Good actress but

    by batman713

    the first sherlock holmes was yawn worthy. RDJ really needs a British dialect coach, he mumbled 90% of his lines.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Noomi Rapace looks like Adam lambert

    by TheKiller7

    And like Adam, Noomi sure has a lot of perforated holes.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Mycroft Holmes? The smarter Holmes brother?

    by Baked

    Ciaran Hinds?

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Frankling and Carl

    by Bvc79

    I really wish you'd both get your heads out of your asses and actually learn about a character before you shoot off your big mouths in yet another episode of "Look at me, I'm so cynical therefore I am cool". Downey's Sherlock, while not physically similar to what Doyle described, shares many of the personality traits and skills that Sherlock had in the books, including his eccentric ways, fighting skills (which where not used a lot lot in the books, yet were there), his disguise skills, his sometimes antisocial behavior, etc. It's probably the closest version next to Jeremy Butler, and definitely way more faithful than Basil Rathbone's. As for Watson, Jude Law's is probably the closest we've gotten, considering the character was a soldier, a ladies man, and a gambler, not a fat, bumbling idiot. So please, try to do some actual research before you go on your little bitter hateful e-tirades or shut the fuck up.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Oh...

    by Bvc79

    And Stephen Fry for Mycroft Holmes.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Bvc79 is right: Holmes in the books is different

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    The image that most people have of Holmes (wearing the fox hunting cap, cape, and smoking the pipe), as portrayed by Basil Rathbone, is more of a creation of the old classic movie era.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Bvc79

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Read a lot of Sherlock Holmes, first in Swedish and later in English, only in the Americanized translation was he a full on Action Hero... Taking the most obvious parts of Sherlock Holmes and putting them on Jack Sparrow Lite is so lazy. Did you honestly, with all your SH knowledge, leave the theater feeling you had seen a Sherlock Holmes adventure? If so, good for you, I didn't. No hate.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:49 a.m. CST

    give me a guy ritche movie every 2 years!

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    BBC Sherlock was infinitely better

    by Tandemar

    And it didn't have Downey making a complete balls-up attempting a British accent.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 4:36 a.m. CST

    BBC's "SHERLOCK"

    by BenBraddock

    A great re-invention, loved it. Intelligent TV, and what a cliffhanger ending for part 3

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 5:29 a.m. CST

    "probably the closest version next to Jeremy Butler"

    by buggerbugger

    Jeremy Butler? Utter shite in comparison with the masterful Jeremy Brett.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Bvc79 well said

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:17 a.m. CST

    I'd prefer more BBC'S Sherlock

    by biffy88

    Just a great, great show. I enjoyed Ritchie's Sherlock but Moffat and Gatiss have something far more interesting on their hands.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Brad Pitt for Moriarty.

    by Seph_J

    Make it so.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Noomi Rapace is far prettier and common looking...

    by AsimovLives

    ... then what the photos from the Millenium swedish movies, like the phto above. It's called acting.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST

    I fear watching the new SHERLOCK HOLMES movie

    by AsimovLives

    The general positive reviews goesn't give me confidence either. I have seen terrible movies which updated older classics getting general good reviews before and lok at how it turned out! No, man, i'm in no hurry to watch that Sherlock Holmes movie much.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    so not Katie and Emma

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Was hoping for some Lesbian action involving Katie Holmes and Emma Watson

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 8:45 a.m. CST

    James Spader should be Moriarty.

    by Nice Marmot

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Bvc79...

    by LordPorkington

    "...try to do some actual research before you go on your little bitter hateful e-tirades or shut the fuck up". Jeremy Butler? So when did this 'Jeremy Butler' play Sherlock Holmes then? Oh wait, you mean Jeremy BRETT?! Wow, it looks like you fucked up big time in your 'hateful e-tirade' and that was probably due to a lack of 'actual research'. You must be kicking yourself right now. I wonder if we'll hear anything more from you in this talkback? I seriously doubt it, but please, prove me wrong.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    by dukeroberts

    "Noomi Rapace, the actress who first brought Lisbeth Salander to the silver screen in the Swedish film adaptations of Seig Larson's insanely popular series of books which began with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." What a horrible sentence. It's like a long sentence fragment.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    The last movie

    by dukeroberts

    It left me a little cold too. I felt they concentrated too much on the action and not enough on the investigating and mental skills of Holmes. That is why it didn't seem Holmesian enough to me. And the CGI from that pier scene was awful.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Bvc79 2 words for you........

    by Yoda's Ball Sack

    Jeremy Brett!!! Who is this Butler and when did he play Sherlock you douche?

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    SHIT

    by DioxholsterReturns

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Bvc79, batman, the BBC adap etc etc - my two cents

    by Mr Gorilla

    I agree with Bvc, and I would add that Jeremy Brett did SUCH a fine job that any other screen interpretation needs to be profoundly different if it's not to be seen as a carbon copy. So maybe the Downey Jnr DID change the emphasis, but it was all inspired by the source. We know from the books that Sherlock can fight with his fists: can you REALLY see Benedict Cumberbatch doing that? (His interpretation seems to be 'clever, conceited asshole'.) Ditto the ability to speak to street urchins etc - you see Downey Jnr telling a story to the guys in prison, but Cumberbatch looks as though he'd be unable to speak to anyone who didn't go to RADA. Finally, it's amusing that the BBC adap did the Hollywood prequel thing of 'showing how Holmes and Watson met up' - something that I had no interest in seeing. Ritchie's effort did the more interesting thing of showing the relationship when it was already at breaking point - which was a lot of fun. I thought the sequence where Downey Jnr improvises the disguise was brilliant - it was such a departure from the usual interpretation of Holmes as a bit of a luvvie. (I would, sadly, agree with Batman above who says that Downey mumbled his lines - he did and it was very difficult to hear!)

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Bvc79, batman, the BBC adap etc etc - my two cents

    by Mr Gorilla

    I agree with Bvc, and I would add that Jeremy Brett did SUCH a fine job that any other screen interpretation needs to be profoundly different if it's not to be seen as a carbon copy. So maybe the Downey Jnr DID change the emphasis, but it was all inspired by the source. We know from the books that Sherlock can fight with his fists: can you REALLY see Benedict Cumberbatch doing that? (His interpretation seems to be 'clever, conceited asshole'.) Ditto the ability to speak to street urchins etc - you see Downey Jnr telling a story to the guys in prison, but Cumberbatch looks as though he'd be unable to speak to anyone who didn't go to RADA. Finally, it's amusing that the BBC adap did the Hollywood prequel thing of 'showing how Holmes and Watson met up' - something that I had no interest in seeing. Ritchie's effort did the more interesting thing of showing the relationship when it was already at breaking point - which was a lot of fun. I thought the sequence where Downey Jnr improvises the disguise was brilliant - it was such a departure from the usual interpretation of Holmes as a bit of a luvvie. (I would, sadly, agree with Batman above who says that Downey mumbled his lines - he did and it was very difficult to hear!)

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    okay this is what pisses me off

    by TheSeeker7

    What now was the point of sticking the character of Irene Adler into an entirely original story where she obviously didn't belong in the first film, if you're now going to drop her as the female lead in the sequel?? I figured they'd only bother to have her shoehorned into the beginning of the overall story like that because they had a more far reaching plan for her.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    OK, 2+ 2 = 4 cents

    by Mr Gorilla

    Sorry for posting twice.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    KUNG FU HOLMES was fun while you watched it...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...but left no lasting impression besides some good, snappy, man love banter between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.<P> The fight scenes were surprisingly good too.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    by FreeBeer

    Rapace has said that if she was asked to reprise her role in the American remake she would not. She said she is done with the role and it's time to move on. Har dto blame her I mean it's not just reprising the role, it's playing the same character in the same story again, what's the point from her pint of view creatively speaking.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Please, no scenes of HOLMES & WATSON gangraping NOOMI. I'll cry!

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    The "First" Sherlock Holmes

    by BombTwat

    Would have been good as a straight off action film. To call it Sherlock Holmes though is an insult.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Why a remake?

    by newsuit

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Fincher's remake of Girl With The Dragon Tattoo...

    by BiggusDickus

    Why? Seriously, just why? Because Hollywood assumes most Americans are too fucking stupid to follow a subtitled film?<p>The whole idea is as pointless as it is insulting. Boycotting and avoiding at this end...

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Guy Ritchie?

    by BiggusDickus

    Talentless Mockney twat. You know it, he knows it.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Now, if they can get rid of Tony Stark . . .

    by kabong

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Perhaps Sherlock Holmes will be in this one

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Since it has his name and all. Ritchie and that twat who wrote it should be forced to watch every episode of the new BBC "Sherlock" about four hundred times before they even attempt this again. Fuck, man, when even a TV show gets it right, but you can't...<p>(The preceding was meant, in no way, to dismiss the brilliant work done by Moffat, Gattis, and crew on the new Sherlock. Starting my second round of the whole series again today. Great show and a fucking primer on how re-inventions should be done.)

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Dukeroberts

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    It's LIKE a long sentence fragment because it IS a long sentence fragment. Subject? Verb? Etc.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Pffft.

    by Bvc79

    Yeah, Brett, not Butler. Who the hell was I thinking off? I also quite enjoyed Christopher Plummer, though that's the warmest Sherlock I've ever seen.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    LordPorkington

    by Bvc79

    Haha, yeah, please focus on "that" part only.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    BiggusDickus

    by bigbadbua

    Sadly, I know alot of people who don't watch foreign films because they have to "read them". I give a pass to my buddy with dyslexia and could struggle keeping up (he has to read slowly and has had to pause subtitled films to read the dialogue in the past) and my Dad who has vision problems with reading, but for the average person there's no excuse for not watching a subtitled film. Its just lazy.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    wait

    by LethargicJ

    Is this the girl who sings for AFI?

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    as far as holmes being more or less like the books...

    by soup74

    who cares either way.classic characters evolve, devolve, do a little of both, etc...<br><br>shut up and sit back and either enjoy or dislike movies like these on their own merits.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    There will be more BBC "Sherlock"

    by dasaroo

    You read it in the posts about Martin Freeman juggling new Sherlock and Bilbo Baggins- he's already re-upped. BTW, Dr. Watson's girlfriend on the show is an adorable hottie. Most of the movie Sherlocks: very little like the real Holmes, who is edgy, mean and a bit rough-and-tumble. Earlier movie Sherlocks are far more like Roger Moore's James Bond- metrosexual pansies. Ugh. Finally, re: Noomi Rapace: If you haven't seen the movies, STFU. These stock photos leave no impression, but to see her in the movies, she is GORGEOUS. A force of nature, and very hot indeed. She could totally kick all your asses. On screen she looks nothing like Adam Lambert- about whom everything is plastic and fake- his persona, his "talent"- "ooh ooh ooh I kissed a boy and I liked it!" . I just threw up a little in my mouth. Hey kid, you greasy little mofo- if you want to see how it's done by big boys, go watch Alex Skarsgard on True Blood. Now THATS the way to do the boy-on-boy makeout scene.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Sorry dasatroo, you're wrong ...

    by reaper28

    There will be another series of Sherlock - the BBC has already commissioned it. <p>I'll stick my neck out here and say Martin Freeman will absolutely be back as Watson ... and I can give you <i>7 million</i> reasons why if you'd like?</p> <p>As far as I know, his involvement in The Hobbit hasn't been officially confirmed yet, but still ... even so, apparently he's negotiating with the BBC to work out a way he can film both projects.</p> <p>I thought 'Sherlock' was a brilliant reinterpretation ... the only negative was it was only 3 episodes... I think 6 would have been for a series.</p> <p>It's a long time to wait for only 3 episodes, even if they are longer ... still, it makes the DVD cheaper :o)</p>

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    hahahaha AFI!

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    does look surprisingly like her er hm

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I've read the books and don't care about the departure

    by beastie

    of the character. It was still a fun movie, even if it wasn't classically Sherlock Holmes. It also wasn't a great movie, but a fun one, nonetheless. Anyway, really digging the casting of Rapace! I also don't see the point of remaking Dragon Tattoo, but if I don't feel like seeing it, I just won't. Doesn't really bother me either way.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Did anyone else think of....

    by Quackfu

    Batman while watching the Gur Ritchie Sherlock Holmes? The original incarnation of Batman was that of a "gentleman detective." I thought that "Gotham by Gaslight" would be a similar style.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Mr. Gorilla ...

    by Yer_Maw

    "it's amusing that the BBC adap did the Hollywood prequel thing of 'showing how Holmes and Watson met up' - something that I had no interest in seeing." - er ... no, that first episode was a surprisingly faithful adaptation (despite the update) of the first book (A Study In Scarlet) - where Holmes and Watson meet for the first time in pretty much exactly the same way. Not exactly 'Hollywood' ...<p><br><p>Personally, I loved the movie - the Jeremy Brett TV series/movies did 'faithful' to perfection, so why try to do the same thing again? In the books Holmes is a bare-knuckle fighter, martial artist etc., only you don't actually see much of it. I also love the new TV series. Seems like a win/win ...

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  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    I liked it...

    by awardgiver

    especially because the bad guy was modeled after Aleister Crowley, and dealt with secret societies. Damn it was fun. Saw it on a rainy day in the theater also with Dr. Parnassus. Screw the haters.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    What a terrible write-up

    by MandrakeRoot

    Seriously just horrible. What is up with the first sentence? "Noomi Rapace, the first actress to play Lisbeth..." What the fuck kind of sentence is that. Just embarrasing

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Lost interest since BBC 2010 version

    by PCKid

    I gotta say after watching the 2 BBC episodes of the new Sherlock Holmes partially penned by Steven Moffat they crap all over the typical Hollywood take. Can't wait for them to write some more of it.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 2:35 a.m. CST

    I agree that it would be dull to try to match

    by Dingbatty

    the look of Brett, Rathbone, or the first description in the stories: "...As the weeks went by, my interest in him and my curiosity as to his aims in life, gradually deepened and increased. His very person and appearance were such as to strike the attention of the most casual observer. In height he was rather over six feet, and so excessively lean that he seemed to be considerably taller. His eyes were sharp and piercing, save during those intervals of torpor to which I have alluded; and his thin, hawk-like nose gave his whole expression an air of alertness and decision. His chin, too, had the prominence and squareness which mark the man of determination. His hands were invariably blotted with ink and stained with chemicals, yet he was possessed of extraordinary delicacy of touch, as I frequently had occasion to observe when I watched him manipulating his fragile philosophical instruments..."<p>Something different was welcome.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    I've seen dozens of Holmes'

    by Hipshot

    And loved about five or ten of them. Downey's interpretation was as valid as any--but different, of course. But totally based on what Doyle said in his books and stories. And to present Holmes as a fighter, damned near for the first time, was a welcome change. What idiot would spend tons of time on the docks and criminal regions if he couldn't defend himself? Yet I've seen Holmes (Murder by Decree, for instance) depicted as almost physically helpless. Bullshit.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    PCKid

    by frozen01

    I'm confused by your statement... there were three episodes of BBC's Sherlock, only one of which was written by Steven Moffat (Study in Pink). I'm guessing by your statement that you liked only 2 of the 3 episodes... Which other episode (besides Study in Pink) were you referring to?

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Just to throw my hat into the ring here...

    by frozen01

    I thought the Downey Jr movie was closer to the novels than most of the previous movies, especially where Watson was concerned. Yes, they were a bit more action-y than perhaps necessary, but the action was not completely unjustified (this was usually implied in the novels, but not described outright). That said, Rachel McAdams was TERRIBLE and I would be very happy if she did not come back. <p>BBC's Sherlock was closer, IMO. There was action, such as in the beginning of the Blind Banker, that was completely hidden from Watson (who was the "author" in the stories).

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO IS CRAP

    by Suskis

    The only good thing in the movies is Noomi Rapace. the story is predictable as a calendar, the lead male is laugable and the whole hacker stuff is pathetic. Seriously, I can't imagine a reason to remale this messy trilogy. Fincher can't be save this franchise by itself.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    The Bicycle Sharer

    by dukeroberts

    Too true! There should have been no "like" about it. It was definitely a run-on sentence fragment.