THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Remake Narrows Salander Candidates to Browning, Snook, Lowe, Mara

     July 21, 2010

Those hoping that Ellen Page or a few of the other hot Hollywood actresses that expressed interest in the role of mysterious and damaged hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo might be out of luck. Fincher and producer Scott Rudin are screen-testing five relatively unknown female actresses according to indieWire and this might be the lucky break that propels the actress they select out of obscurity. The casting of Salander should be handled with care as the character is integral to the effectiveness of the dark mystery thriller. So far the list has Aussie actresses Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Sarah Snook (Sleeping Beauty), and Sophie Lowe (Blame). The final two candidates are Rooney Mara (Fincher’s upcoming The Social Network) and an unidentified French actress.

The search seems to be heating up and despite this being a remake of the Swedish film that has garnered critical praise, they appear to be in the market for a female lead that will also speak Swedish in the film. For full details on the plot and the current casting rumors, hit the break.

Here’s the Amazon description of the Swedish best-seller:

“Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.”

Daniel Craig has long been rumored to play the role of the investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, and remains in negotiations for the role. However, indieWire’s latest report seems to indicate that not all is on solid ground. Craig’s talents are a hot commodity right now with Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens demanding immediate attention and the fact that Craig would be needed for the planned trilogy that makes up Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy that Dragon Tattoo is a part of. The role would likely not end up going to an unknown if negotiations break down with Craig but stranger things have happened. Sony has set the date for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on December 21, 2011. Stay tuned for more developments as they come.


  • Corin Prendiville

    It would be sweet if Emily Browning did it, just because I can't get enough of her as an actress (and we haven't gotten much).. I do look forward to seeing her in Sucker Punch though. Yet another entirely pointless Swedish remake lol.

  • Denis Velkov

    I still can't see the point of shooting a re-make of a perfectly good movie that come out just a year ago… I should probably get around to watch the other two movies.
    BTW is the hollywood version also going to be a trilogy ?


    Just so you know, you listed Sarah Snook as appearing in Sleeping Beauty too, but Emily Browning is also the star of THAT. XD
    This girl's amazing! Loved her in Lemony Snicket's ASOUE, she was the PERFECT Violet! And she was also the actress Stephenie Meyer wanted for Bella which she would have totally nailed even if the character does suck ass! She's just the best actress for literary adaptations. End of story. :)

  • Bill Graham

    Yes, they are planning to make the trilogy

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  • Guest

    Um..have you seen the actor they chose for Mikael Blomkvist? Honestly, he is just too ugly–really. And lest we forget that the author makes it a point to stress how handsome his main character is. This actor has pock marks all over his cheeks. They picked Lisbeth, on the other hand, perfectly. Movie was great, but I couldn't buy that this guy was the “hot” Mikael Blomkvist. Erika Berger, also a supposed hottie, was played by a woman who looked like she was pushing sixty and was given three minutes screen time, tops. And the movie never deals with the relationship between Erika and Mikael. Also, they took out the relationship with Cecilia, put that Mikael sneaked into Harald's house, and was lead into Martin's house by…Martin. Oh, and that Anita is dead. And Lisbeth never sees Erika and Mikael at the end, breaking her heart. I hope the American version doesn't conveniently kill off one of the characters for the sake of time.

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  • johnco99

    I have read the brilliant Stieg Larsson trilogy. Here is a view of a hugely talented, unknown actress who David Fincher and Scott Rudin ought to discover for the role of Lisbeth Salander. Does anybody know how to contact them?

  • Meredith

    I totally agree with you. WHY did they cast that guy? Why did they change these essential elements of the story? I don't even see how it saved time. I despise films that change key elements of the book for no apparent reason. Plus, they made Harriet a natural blonde, when she was actually a brunette, and died her hair to resemble Cecilia. Also, they omitted all the relationship between Lisbeth and Holger Palmgren, Lisbeth and her mother, and changed the torture/rape scene to be more of a violent rape as opposed to torture and rape, and then changed the revenge scene.

    Killing off Cecilia omitted the great “24 hour wiretapping”, which they could have shown in 5-10 minutes.

    I could go on to rant about how they butchered the ending, but don't have the time or energy.

    If they did a remake more like the book, it would be welcome–if, of course, they have good casting. That's tough. Daniel Craig might not be a bad Bloomkvist, as he's craggy but sexy. Don't know who would be a good Salander–maybe Kristen Stewart if she hadn't become so sullen and stuck in the Twilight nonsense. She has done some good work in indies, and recently in The Runaways…