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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

November 27, 2009 | Nordisk Film | 147 minutes
Directed by: Daniel Alfredson | Written by: Jonas Frykberg, Ulf Ryberg | Literature: Stieg Larsson | Cinematography: Peter Mokrosinski | Editing: Håkan Karlsson | Costume Design: Cilla Rörby | Production Design: Maria Håård, Jan Olof Ågren | Music: Jacob Groth
In the third installment of Stieg Larsson’s "Millennium" trilogy, a heavily injured Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is charged with murder and awaits the trial that has the country gripped. Cut off from all communication with the outside world while recovering from her injuries, she must rely on journalist and former lover, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) to prove her innocence and expose the political cover up that threatens to destroy her freedom.
Cast: Michael Nyqvist (Mikael Blomkvist), Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander), Lena Endre (Erika Berger), Annika Hallin (Annika Giannini), Jacob Ericksson (Christer Malm), Sofia Ledarp (Malin Erikson), Anders Ahlbom (Dr. Peter Teleborian), Micke Spreitz (Ronald Niedermann), Georgi Staykov (Alexander Zalachenko)

Production Notes

The final film in the “Millennium” trilogy received its theatrical release in November 2009 in the Nordic Countries and in late 2010 around the world. It was less successful than its predecessors (still earning $43 million at the box office on a $5 million budget). Despite the low rating, the film did receive positive reviews from such noteworthy critics as Peter Travers, James Berardinelli, and Roger Ebert, who gave the film three out of four stars, stating, “These are all very well-made films. Like most European films, they have adults who are grown-ups, not arrested adolescents. Mikael and Erika, his boss and lover, have earned the lines in their faces, and don’t act like reckless action heroes. They make their danger feel so real to us that we realize the heroes of many action movies don’t really believe they’re in any danger at all.”

By the time of its theatrical release, the US remake (or new adaptation of its source material) was about to be released, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in the lead roles. As the book series’ success was fueled by each film adaptation, its Swedish publisher Norstedts Förlag commissioned Swedish author and crime journalist David Lagercrantz to continue the “Millennium” series with Larsson’s characters. Lagercrantz’s first novel in the series, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”, was published in 2015 and made into a film starring Claire Foy. Since then, one more book has been released with a third in the making.


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