By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 26, 2010 at 5:06AM
Word from England has Carey Mulligan ardently seeking to play the role of Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming David Fincher remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo written by Steve Zaillian. Note: Zaillian has not handed in his script, and no final casting is imminent. "Nothing is real," warns producer Scott Rudin. "Haven't even started yet!"
But Sony and Rudin are gung-ho about this project based on Stieg Larsson's globally bestselling Millenium Trilogy. They also know that the three hit Dragon Tattoo Swedish films have built a huge worldwide fan base.
Rising star Mulligan is a strong bet (although Fincher has cited the possibility of an unknown), but at least she is European. Not so Brad Pitt, who has been dangled a bigger payday than the one he's accepted for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, which slashed its budget by some $30-million in order to get made. Hollywood is still in the business of spending money on movies and stars---as long as a proven global brand and following already exist. Pitt will see the script when it comes in June 1.
Mulligan would need to toughen up considerably for this role. Pitt seems too American to me. My fantasy of a Euro-centric movie may be just that, although I have learned that Zaillian's script is set in Sweden, and accents are going to be in order. To have moved late journalist Larsson's authentic, well-reported political trilogy to an American setting would have been a mistake.