Hunt is on for the 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'
July 28th, 2010
06:01 PM ET

Hunt is on for the 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

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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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Linda

    I can relate to this arcilte very much. I think I was abused by a woman when I was much younger and it definitely has had an affect on my life. I have difficulty creating and maintaining emotionally intimate relationships with women. I have never married and probably never will and it breaks my heart to know that, especially after spending Thanksgiving with family and extended family and getting lots of love from them.Mike

    August 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kooni

    Latest movies online and free

    October 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ken

    Noomi Rapace has the look the part requires. Haunted, wasted, not pretty, and counterculture geek. Hollywood will try to pretty up the part and in truth has no one who could actually play Salander. Certainly not Ellen Page in her kiddie cuteness (yes I know she's in her 20's). Years ago Juliette Lewis might have been able to do the part, but today, no one has that look. Hollywood...leave this one alone, you can only mess it up.

    July 30, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cind

    I know I am on the wrong blog. but this new book about OPRAH, I THINK there is some truth about it.
    For someone to be so famous, you know nothing about her. respond

    July 29, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Christy V

    Christina Ricci is totally made for this part. But I agree with previous comments, this has already been made...!

    July 29, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mikki K

    Ellen Page would be an excellent choice. After just seeing her in Inception and knowing that she is an actor who is concerned with perfecting her craft and not being the Hollywood starlet, I think she would be dedicated to portraying the character accurately and as intended. Natalie Portman, however, is also a good consideration. She was exceptional in The Professional when she was so very young and seems to have the same perspective on acting as Ms. Page:)

    July 29, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Patricia

    Adaptation? You mean REMAKE. The Swedish movies are already out, they're great! They stay true to the Scandinavian film noir and portray some dark politics. Oh, right, this is too intelligent for Hollywood. They need to dumb down the books for the US to understand.

    July 29, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. B

    Michelle Rodriguez I think... would be better then Ellen page.

    July 29, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
    • not cool

      michelle rod is a one trick pony. ellen page would be the best choice.

      July 29, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. C

    Although Ms. Repace has done a fantastic job as Lisbeth and good on her. They are going to be making this anyway. I read the books and pictured Ms. page the entire time.....(I think she fits to a "T") She did "Hard Candy" at the age of 17 and managed that very well. PlusI think it worth noting that when asked Ms. Repace said she thought she could see Ms. Page do it. I think that's telling some how...just saying. Thank you for listening

    July 29, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. wondering

    Why are they going through all the trouble. The move has already been made in Europe. It was GREAT-there's no need for a remake.

    July 28, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. d

    Since reading the first book. Ellen Page seemed the image I had in mind.

    July 28, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boy With the Dragon Tattoo

      I agree. Ellen Page is the first person I thought of when I heard they planned on doing a hollywood version.

      If people don't think she can pull off "twisted", watch Hard Candy, it'll change your opinion of Ellen Page pretty quickly 😛

      August 1, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mac Moncrief

    Who are they kidding, Noomi Rapace has made Lisbeth Salader come alive, why screw with success. Well, this is Hollywood, never underestimate their ability to _______________. You can fill in the blank.

    July 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |

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