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The way that it connected to Officer Morell, who we see David Dencik in flashback here, and then to Officer Morell as he is in modern day, and that’s Donald Sumpter. When we connect the two, we went with this idea of this gestural link between them, the lighting of the cigarette. We see him step out of the trees and he lights a cigarette and then we cut to him present day finishing lighting the cigarette. It wasn’t intended that way, it was just one of these things that we found as we were cutting the material that we needed to really be able to tie this guy in the past to this guy in the present. Originally the train shot as he goes up to Hedeby was going to be used to connect them, but we ended up doing it just with the cigarette.

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This was a shot that we did in Los Angeles. The interior of the tunnel, we had shot a shot in Sweden, but it was vibrating too much, so we came back and went down to the…It’s pretty much by the airport. I think it’s, like, Century Boulevard as it turns onto the 405. We closed down and we shot for a couple hours. We got that one shot of the back of her head as she zooms through the tunnel. And really our only requirement to make it look Swedish was… We just put a bunch of Volvos in the tunnel. That was probably the last shot that we did for this movie.

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So the title sequence. We had this cover of “Immigrant Song”. I was riding in a van in Sweden and had my iPhone with me…and I was listening to Led Zeppelin, and this song came on and I-I mean, aside from the incredibly, inanely obvious: “I come from the land of the ice and snow”… I just like the idea of an anthemnal, incredibly famous track that could be wailed by a woman. And I called Trent and I said: “What do you think of a cover of ‘Immigrant Song’?” I think at first he thought I was joking [laughing]. And I said, “No, imagine, you know, a woman’s voice singing this.” And he did a version just to the music and I listened to it and I thought it’s evocative of what I think Lisbeth is— Not thinking, but, you know, sort of her marrow. What’s happening down deep inside her bones. And we got Karen O. Ren Klyce gave us Karen’s e-mail address and we asked her to do this. And I think in about three or four days they had a version of this song that was— To my mind, it was undeniable. It just seemed like such a great sort of kindred spirit to what I thought Lisbeth was about. And then we needed visuals to go with it. I went to Tim Miller at Blur, and I said: “What can you do along the lines of a nightmare? What would Lisbeth’s nightmare be?” And he came back with about 50 different little scene cards and we whittled it down to about 20-25. And I turned to him and said: “That looks great. You got eight weeks. Go.”

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