British actor Daniel Craig
will star in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Hollywood's first adaptation of one of late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's record-setting Millennium Trilogy, a Sony Pictures official said.
The newest James Bond impersonator will play journalist-sleuth Mika
el Blomkivst in the upcoming production, a version of which has already been filmed in Sweden, a Sony studio spokesman said.
Craig, 42, will start working on on the film in a few months, once he and co-star Harrison Ford
finish shooting "Cowboys and Aliens," said the spokesman.
He said David Fincher, who has directed "Seven," "Zodiac," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," will be directing "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
Entertainment media said Craig could also star in the following two Millennium flicks: "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest."
Sweden's production company Yellow Bird and director Niels Arden Oplev have already filmed the trilogy, which opened in Europe late last year.
News of Craig's next project coincided with online retail giant Amazon's announcement that the Millennium Trilogy had made Larsson the first author to sell more than one million books in Amazon's Kindle electronic bookstore, since its 2007 launch.
Larsson, the editor-in-chief of the magazine Expo, died suddenly of a heart attack at age 50 in 2004, one year before the first of his trilogy novels hit the stands in Sweden.