Will He/She . . . or Won’t He/She?

Will Daniel Craig return? Will Rooney Mara return? Will David Fincher return?

The guessing game about a sequel to Hollywood’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continues, afloat on a sea of speculation — informed, uninformed, half-formed, whatever. The latest twist (red-herring?) in this mini-saga comes from Mara herself, who told the entertainment press that she wants “in” and denied rumors that her hotter-than-ever co-star Daniel Craig doesn’t.

There has also been some speculation that if Craig is not available because of scheduling or money issues, Blomkvist could simply be pruned from the script. The rationale here is that The Girl Who Played with Fire is focused almost entirely on Salander. While we should never sell Hollywood short when it comes to torturing original material, it would seem highly unlikely in this case. The rumor mill forgets that our crusading journalist is indispensable to the book’s key plot points: the exposing of the human trafficking scandal, defending Salander to the police when she becomes a murder suspect, and rescuing her after her harrowing, bloody showdown with Niedermann and Zalachenko.

Two of the more “newsy” stories are the MTV.com report that includes the Fincher dimension and the AccessHollywood story that leans more toward “maybe” and “I hope so”. We reprint the latter below.

Oh, well, something to distract us from the Sweden-like cold snap here in the Northeast. Why couldn’t we be bundled up with Larsson’s fourth book instead?

Rooney Mara: I ‘Hope’ To Make Dragon Tattoo Sequels; Actress Says Daniel Craig Also Game To Return

Whatever the reasoning has been for the failure to shoot the follow up to 2011’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” franchise star Rooney Mara says it’s not for lack of enthusiasm from the film’s cast.

Access Hollywood caught up with the 27-year-old beauty at the premiere of her new thriller “Side Effects,” where she said she’d love to don Lisbeth Salander’s combat boots, piercings and extensive body ink once again.

“I don’t know. I hope so!” she told Access with a broad grin, when asked if there are plans to begin shooting “The Girl Who Played with Fire” — the next film in the English-language version series based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. “But I don’t know.”

The actress also shot down rumors claiming a second film may be made without Rooney’s co-star Daniel Craig (who plays journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the film based on the best-selling books).

“No, that’s not a possibility. That won’t happen,” she said, when asked if the film would be made without Daniel. “I don’t know who started that rumor, but that’s not true.”

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, back in October, Daniel said he would most definitely be up for making the “…Played With Fire” installment.

“Of course I’ll embrace [the movie], especially if [David] Fincher does it,” Daniel told The LA Times of the possible sequel, referencing the first film’s director.

While David has yet to direct a sequel in his storied career, Daniel said he planned to attempt to persuade him to sign on for the next film.

“I’m definitely going to work on him,” he said.

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