Fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have a reason to rejoice today: the original Swedish film's star, Noomi Rapace, is reteaming with director Niels Arden Oplev for a new revenge drama called Dead Man Down. They will also join forces with Colin Farrell, an actor whose independent (or at least off-kilter) work tends to be his best, as with In Bruges and Tigerland.
Hollywood Reporter announced that Dead Man Down will be written by J.H. Wyman, a man best known for executive producing and writing several episodes of Fox's cult hit Fringe. Wyman biggest big screen credit to date was for writing the popular Brad Pitt/Julia Roberts caper The Mexican for Gore Verbinski, of Pirates of the Caribbean fame. The story is about a hitman (Farrell) who teams with a disfigured gangster's moll (Rapace). The two lovers then embark on "a violent spree" together, bringing to mind thoughts of Bonnie & Clyde, but the overall tone of the piece is uncertain.
Colin Farrell seems to be on the verge of a career renaissance lately, although his commended starring role in the recent Fright Night remake did not translate to an impressive box office. His upcoming remake of Total Recall might change that, but audience anticipation for the film seems lukewarm at best. Meanwhile, Rapace has been capitalizing on her sudden stardom after the initial Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy by garnering starring roles in such potential blockbusters as this December's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Ridley Scott's Alien prequel, Prometheus.
No word yet on when David Fincher's remake will be scheduled, but we expect to hear back from his camp soon.
CraveOnline will return with more Dead Man Down news after we make an appointment for laser tattoo removal.