The Girl With The Dragon Nipple Piercing
As I was doing my daily rounds of site reading, I came across this theatrical poster for the upcoming U.S. version of Steig Larsson’s first book in his Millennium Series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Of course, what is remarkable about this poster is the fact that the lead actress, Rooney Mara, is topless, showing off her pierced (which she specifically got for her role as heroine Lisbeth Salander) nipples posing with co-star Daniel Craig. As a photo, it’s certainly pretty compelling stuff. The lighting is bold, the expressions stark with a slight hint of ambiguity. The way in which the two hold each other expresses both defiance and protection.
In short, it’s an amazing shot.
What’s even more amazing about it is that it was even made for distribution. Looking around the Web, there have been reports that this version of the poster has made it into theaters, slightly altered with a yellow crime scene-style tape over her breasts saying “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” (It releases in December). In a modern day where most movie posters are Photoshopped one-offs with floating heads, a shot like this really tells the viewer they’re in for something different.
Even the original Swedish version of the films, starring Noomi Rapace had less than exciting theatrical posters, guilty of the same lame design and Photoshop aesthetics that have made movie posters pretty much become a lost and lagging art form. Of course, one could argue that a poster with nudity and stark design would be right up the alley of an artist like David Fincher, it certainly gives me a good amount of hope that the art form of the movie poster isn’t quite dead yet.
It remains to be see whether shots like this will be a one of a kind effort, or if the possibility that filmmakers will want to start ensuring that the marketing of their films take more risks in order to show audiences that their latest opus is far more than a weekend at Disneyland.
The U.S. Version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is scheduled for release on December 26, 2011. Here’s a peek at the teaser trailer: