Flash! Lisbeth Salander Joins the Rolling Stones!

The Rolling Stones, who for decades have managed to make themselves relevant to the trends of the day, have done it again with their recently released video of their hit, “Doom and Gloom.” And it is so 2012: Zombies, environmental degradation (oil spills, fracking), random gun violence, echoes of “Occupy Wall Street,” the evils of junk food, and . . . that girl with the dragon tattoo.

In a brilliant bit of casting, the Stones chose Noomi Rapace (who starred as Lisbeth Salander in the three Scandinavian-made films based on Stieg Larsson’s books) as the lead for their video. There she is, front and center in full doom-and-gloom Lisbeth Salander mode, giving a performance surely informed by her own real-life history as a punk and rebel in her teens. (See more about Noomi Rapace’s background on p. 213 of our book, The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time.)

Visual echoes of the movies abound. Among them an old abandoned factory, the way Noomi broods when she smokes, and the lighting of a fire–in this case of atomic proportions. And was that a stale, limpid slice of Billy’s Pan Pizza amid a gross-out pile of junk food? Also fun was the visual humor of “Lisbeth” standing in for various members of the band. “Holy Keith Richards, that’s not Mick Jagger, it’s Lisbeth Salander!” The Swedish music video director is Jonas Akerlund, who is best known for his work on Madonna’s music videos.

Don’t miss it: watch here.

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