|FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2011 file photo, actor Michael Nyqvist arrives for the International Emmy Awards in New York. Nyqvist, who stars in the original Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" film, says his daughter Ellen, has a role as an extra in the U.S. version of the film, starring Daniel Craig. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, file)|
Swedish 'Dragon Tattoo' star's daughter in US film
NEW YORK—The star of Sweden's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" movie says his daughter appears in the upcoming U.S. remake with the actor who takes on his role in the crime drama: Daniel Craig.
Michael Nyqvist and Craig both play investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist in films based on the crime trilogy from Swedish author Stieg Larsson.
Sweden's "Millennium" television series, which includes adaptations of Larsson's other books in the series "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest," just won the 2011 International Emmy for best TV miniseries.
Swedish-born Nyqvist said he was curious to see the American version because he says David Fincher "is such a good director and Craig is a good actor," and because his 21-year-old daughter, Ellen, is an extra in the film "by coincidence."
The film shot in a Los Angeles cafe where his daughter, a college student, was working. She landed a walk-on role that included pouring coffee for Craig, who has played James Bond.
According to Nyqvist, while she was pouring she turned to Craig and asked, "Do you know who my dad is?"
The film's distributor, Columbia Pictures, confirms Ellen Nyqvist appears in one scene with Craig.
The elder Nyqvist, who is a huge star in Sweden, plays the villain Hendricks in the upcoming, "Mission Impossible: The Ghost Protocol" starring Tom Cruise. The latest "Mission: Impossible" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" open Dec. 21.
Nyqvist says he has also just wrapped the film "Disconnect" with fellow Swede Alexander Skarsgard, son of another Swedish acting icon Stellan Skarsgard, an old friend of Nyqvist who, coincidentally, has a supporting role in the upcoming "Dragon Tattoo" film.