“The Girl Who Played with Fire” is ready to burn up U.S. screens

I’m in the final chapters of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and, I have to tell you, I’m having a very hard time doing anything besides finishing it. That shiny silver cover beckons me. Yet, I also dread finishing it, because Stieg Larsson is no longer alive, so this is the last thing I will read by him.

Thankfully, the Swedish films based on The Millennium Trilogy reportedly are faithful to Larsson’s books, so we will at least get another dose of The Girl as each is released in the U.S. The second, The Girl Who Played with Fire, will be here July 9.

In the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi Rapace is back as Lisbeth Salander, who returns from a year abroad and discovers she has been framed for a triple murder. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) tries to track her down as she evades local authorities. And Lisbeth is quite good at evading.

Here’s the trailer.

In this installment, Lisbeth’s sometime-lover Miriam Wu (Yasmine Garbi) has a central role and yes, the movie has a “lesbian sex session,” as the description puts it.

You can check out a NSFW clip at TraillerAddict.

In Fire, we learn why Lisbeth has become the person she is and discover some surprising connections. I am curious to see how the film will manage to work in everything we need to know to set us up for Hornet’s Nest. Whatever they do, I’m sure Fire will be as haunting as Dragon Tattoo.

Are you looking forward to The Girl Who Played with Fire? If you’ve already seen the film outside the U.S., how does it compare to the first movie? (No spoilers, please!)