July 28th, 2010
06:01 PM ET
Thus far, Daniel Craig is the one sure lead in the buzzed-about English-adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
It’s been announced that Craig, 42, will play journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the adaptation of the first novel in Stieg Larsson’s Swedish noir trilogy, with "Panic Room" and "Fight Club's" David Fincher directing.
But what of the juicy female lead, Lisbeth Salander? There's much speculation as screen tests for the part are rumored to be happening, but the names being bandied about now may not be the ones you'd expect.
Although 25-year-old actress Carey Mulligan was said to have been chosen out of a group that included Natalie Portman, “Alice in Wonderland’s” Mia Wasikowska and Ellen Page (most recently spotted in “Inception”), Mulligan squashed the rumor last week.
And according to The Daily Beast, it doesn't look like Wasikowska, Portman or Page have a high probability of getting the sought-after role either.
The Beast suggests that the list for “who could play Lisbeth Salander” has narrowed down to lesser-known stars such as Australians Sophie Lowe and Sarah Snook, "Youth in Revolt's" Rooney Mara and "Inglourious Basterd's" Lea Seydoux. Reportedly, no one over 24 or taller than 5 feet 5 inches is being considered for the part in order to stay true to Larsson’s vision of Salander as a 24-year-old who could sometimes look 14.
If that seems stringent for a Hollywood adaptation of a novel, Sony Pictures Entertainment told The Wrap they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We’re doing the book,” Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal said. “That's why we hired David Fincher. We're going to really do this, in all their glory. Otherwise why do it? They're very R-rated movies. It's the shock of what's really going on underneath the surface of society. If you don't actually make good on that, you haven't told the story."
Whomever will portray Lisbeth Salander, the decision will likely be made soon - "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is expected to open in theaters in December, 2011.
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