05/29/2011 12:07 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Movie Trailer: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara Teaser Revealed (VIDEO)

David Fincher nearly passed on directing "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Good thing he had a change of heart.

The first red band trailer for the American film version of Stieg Larsson's international best selling mystery novel has hit the web, and from the looks of it, the Oscar-nominated director of "The Social Network" has tapped into his "Fight Club" and "Se7en" roots to create a darkly epic tale.

With Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, the red band trailer, leaked (or was planted) onto the web after appearing in theaters this week, zooms through nearly the entire story of the first book, with quick cuts promising action and suspense -- and a fair amount of blood.

Pegged as the "feel bad movie of Christmas," the film is set to hit theaters on December 21st. To see images of Mara as Salander, click here.