The Girl Who Played with Fire

July 9th 2010
  • Suspense/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 129 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Tanja Lorentzon, Sofia Ledarp, Georgi Staykov, Peter Andersson, Micke Spreitz, Yasmine Garbi, Per Oscarsson, Paolo Roberto, Michalis Koutsogiannakis, Annika Hallin, Anders Ahlbom, Niklas Hjulström, Jacob Ericksson, Magnus Krepper, Ralph Carlsson, Reuben Sallmander, Pelle Bolander, Hans Christian Thulin, Johan Kylén, Tehilla Blad, Sunil Munshi, Donald Högberg, Jennie Silfverhjelm, Daniel Gustavsson, Dennis Önder, Thomas Lindblad, Ola Wahlström, Olga Henrikson
  • Director: Daniel Alfredson
  • Writers: Jonas Frykberg, Stieg Larsson
  • Producer: Jon Mankell
  • Associate Producer: Jenny Gilbertsson
  • Executive Producers: Lone Korslund, Peter Nadermann
  • Art Directions: Jan Olof Ågren, Maria Håård
  • Casting: Tusse Lande
  • Costume Design: Cilla Rörby
  • D.O.P.: Peter Mokrosinski
  • Editor: Mattias Morheden
  • Makeup: Jenny Fred
  • Music: Rasmus Hansen
  • VFX Supervisor: Martin Madsen


Second film in the Millennium Trilogy. Lisbeth Salander finds herself on the run for the apparent murder of her guardian and two journalists investigating Sweden's sex traffic trade. She and Mikael Blomqvist separately pursue their own leads to learn the truth about the deaths and the mysterious figure at the centre of it all - Zala.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Production Budget: $11 million
  • Production Companies: Nordisk Film, Sveriges Television, Yellow Bird Films, ZDF Enterprises, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen

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2010 Analysis Guide: "Film versions of all three novels in Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy were released in Europe in 2009 to record ticket sales, and should the Spring release of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" do well, expect this and "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest" to bow in limited release as well later in the year.

Whereas 'Tattoo' was a dark murder mystery action/drama with misogynist themes, 'Fire' is an investigative procedural with corruption and Cold War politics in play. Second-unit director Daniel Alfredson takes the helm of this and 'Nest' as both were originally shot for television (and then recut for the cinema when 'Tattoo' performed so well). That, combined with a smaller budget than 'Tattoo', means the visual aesthetic is noticeably more pedestrian than Opley's often stark but beautiful imagery.

The pacing is also lower key as this really is very much the middle chapter of a trilogy with events setting up the gripping finale and next film. Story wise though it still works and while it omits some good bits from the book (the Grenada scenes are essentially excised), it cuts out a lot of the filler of Salander re-establishing herself in Stockholm. The key moments of surprising revelation are all there even if they lack some of the punch of the book, while a rather explicit lesbian sex scene should at least keep some of the audience awake."

Trailers & Clips

  • Trailer (1m 17s)06.16.10

Worldwide Release Dates

  • 18 September 2009: Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
  • 25 September 2009: Italy
  • 2 October 2009: Iceland
  • 23 October 2009: Spain
  • 25 December 2009: Canada
  • 21 January 2010: Greece, Netherlands
  • 4 February 2010: Germany
  • 5 February 2010: Austria
  • 10 September 2010: UK