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Girl With Dragon Tattoo: Final Five for Lisbeth Salander

by Anne Thompson
July 20, 2010 12:14 PM
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Forget those other names for the much sought-after American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Sony, producer Scott Rudin and director David Fincher are zeroing in on who will play bisexual hacker Lisbeth Salander. They are screen-testing five young up-and-comers, all relative unknowns.

The final five Sony tested this week for Salander include three Australian actresses, one American and one French (UPDATE: Lea Seydoux). The Aussies are:Emily Browning, who stars in Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch (here's an interview on The Uninvited); Sophie Lowe (interview); and Sarah Snook (interview).

The American is The Social Network star Rooney Mara (interview, trailer below).

And Daniel Craig, who is the studio's first choice to play muckraking journalist Mikael Blomkvist, could fall out if the studio can't live with his availability issues. Both Craig's still-delayed James Bond sequel and Cowboys & Aliens can demand his services whenever they want him. And he needs to be ready and able if The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo does well enough to spur two swift back-to-back shooting of The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

Sony is setting a December 2011 release for an R-rated film.

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13 Comments

  • Brandie | August 15, 2010 2:02 AMReply

    Lea Seydoux seems to fit the role best. She has an edge about her & she is the only one with a very young looking face which is one of Lisbeth's biggest characteristics. It's what makes her "appear" to look fraile & what leads men to think of her as a target or victim. It's what hides that fact that she is as deadly as a scorpion. She is suppose to be 4'11 and 90 lbs. Hiring some tall blonde model would be a slap in the face to Steig Larsson & all the Lisbeth fans.

    As far as attracting the younger crowd... that seems unlikely since the book has a very ominous storyline with graphic violence against women, including rape and sodomy. Not the best idea to draw in all the teenyboppers who LOVE Bella. IMO

  • liz | August 11, 2010 10:54 AMReply

    KRISTEN STEWART is Lisbeth Salander. Read the book several years ago and she fits the physical description AND the essense of Lisbeth. If you've seen any of her films other than the Twilight Saga you know she is an astonishing actress. Watch her in "Speak" and you will understand. I hope her commitment to complete the Twilight Saga doesn't interfer with her chance to be Lisbeth.

  • zenmyst | August 4, 2010 2:15 AMReply

    I think that Anna Popplewell ( Susan--from Naria:lion, witch..) would make a perfect Lisbeth.

  • sorxia | July 23, 2010 9:53 AMReply

    Okay, let me get this straight. The Swedes have already made films of all three Larsson books and released two of them. And now, Scott Rudin and David Fincher, in true American "oh-my-god-we-must-copy-them-we-can't-do-anything-new " fashion, are doing a remake. Yet another reason I see so few American films these days. I wonder how dumbed-down the "new" version will be. Probably throw a couple of vampires in there just for good measure.

  • elcamino | July 22, 2010 4:26 AMReply

    I would think Stephanie Hunt (Devin) from Friday Night Lights tv series would be best.It still sounds like everyone is guessing still even these girls. Stephanie is a Austin singer,musician,actress.Speaks French,Russian,Spanish. Plays the Violin,Guitar,Bass,and Piano. Allready has black hair and perfect eyes for Lizbeth. I saw Daniel Craig was wanting in the Sweeny movie coming up.

  • Pfunk | July 22, 2010 4:25 AMReply

    Adrian Brody!

  • Tom | July 22, 2010 1:54 AMReply

    Kristen Stewart. There is no #2 choice.

  • Mark | July 22, 2010 1:38 AMReply

    kristen stewart!!! although emily browning would be o-k

  • Sophie | July 21, 2010 11:41 AMReply

    From those interviews Snook stands out as the smartest.

  • BillNYC | July 21, 2010 9:22 AMReply

    Daniel Craig has been in discussions for over 6 weeks and he's still not any where closer to when they started.

    Brad Pitt cannot be counted on to show up for 3 movies (notorious flake/quitter)

    Matt Damon would be a great choice..he can do anything...(accent...since apparently they're going for english with Swedish accents)
    Matt would just have to extricate himself from that bound to be terrible Cameron Crowe film...which Patrick obviously pushed him into knowing what a disaster Adjustment Bureau is bound to be.
    Whitesell would be much better off trying to make this happen for Matt.

  • mary | July 21, 2010 6:17 AMReply

    Kristen Stewart won't star in this film. I don't think she want to do nude scene.

    (In fact, Kristen Stewart had already declined to star in this film)
    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1642371/20100625/story.jhtml

  • William | July 21, 2010 4:58 AMReply

    Get Kristen Stewart, she'd be more than fine in this movie, and would certainly give it a chance to be a very high-grossing film, attracting the younger demo of people who don't read.

  • Brian Whisenant | July 21, 2010 4:07 AMReply

    I actually really liked Rooney Mara in "Dare." Not so much in "Nightmare on Elm Street."

    Trying to keep an open mind about Lisbeth.

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