WATCH: 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Official Trailer

The first look at the eagerly anticipated film boasts Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara -- and a whole lot of eerie tension

David Fincher's highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Rooney Mara as feisty computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as idealistic journalist Mikael Blomkvist, hits theaters Dec. 21. And, thanks to a newly released teaser trailer, fans of Stieg Larsson's best-selling book trilogy finally have their first look at the Americanized version of Dragon Tattoo. The trailer bravely announces that the film will be the "feel bad movie of Christmas" -- and drives that point home with 100 seconds of gritty, glorious footage. Watch it below!

 

 

Though a Swedish trilogy of films based Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium book series has already grossed more than $157 million worldwide, expectations for the new American version are extremely high.

Fincher, known for directing taut, edgy films such as Fight Club, Zodiac and last year's mega-hit The Social Network (in which Mara played the memorable role of Mark Zuckerburg's girlfriend), seems a perfect fit for Larsson's hard-hitting thriller about a mismatched pair who teams up to solve a decades-old mystery. And the combination of Mara and Craig as that mismatched pair looks very exciting.

The teaser trailer is gripping and fast-paced, and the repeating shot of a snowy road leading up to an isolated mansion -- set to Trent Reznor and Karen O's cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" (remember that Reznor won an Academy Award for his score to Fincher's The Social Network) -- creates oodles of tension creates oodles of tension. Overall, the trailer nails the mood of the book, and is sure to get fans of the series talking.

Lisbeth Salander is coming to America. And we can't wait.

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