09/22/2011 08:00 am ET | Updated Nov 22, 2011

'The Girl WIth The Dragon Tattoo' Extended Trailer: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig Star (VIDEO)

By slowing it down, David Fincher has upped the ante in the latest trailer for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."

Earlier in the summer, The "Fight Club" and "Social Network" helmer released a scintillating, fast-paced action trailer for the first chapter in his adaptation of the Millenium Trilogy, getting the public excited with an all out action ride set to Trent Reznor and Karen O's cover of "Immigrant Song." Viewers caught glimpses of Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, but character took a back seat to thumping intensity.

Now, Fincher has released a new trailer -- actually, a shorter cut of a sizzle reel recently shown to the press -- that works to establish the backstories of Salander and Bomkvist and explain how the two investigators, both forced underground, come to work together to solve a murder.

The highly anticipated film hits theaters on December 21st.