'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo': Lisbeth casting down to four

Our sources confirm The Daily Beast’s report that director David Fincher has narrowed casting choices for the highly coveted role of Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo down to four relatively unknown leading ladies. None of the big-name candidates, such as Carey Mulligan or Ellen Page, have moved forward either by their own choice or Fincher’s. (One source tells EW that Fincher offered the meaty part opposite Daniel Craig to Natalie Portman but she turned it down. Calls to Portman’s reps were not returned.)

The four actresses left in the running are Rooney Mara, who recently finished working for Fincher on his upcoming film The Social Network; French actress Lea Seydoux, who appeared as Isabella of Angouleme in this year’s Robin Hood, as well as last year’s Inglourious Basterds; and two Australian actresses: Sarah Snook and Sophie Lowe. Snook recently starred in Julia Leigh’s erotic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty while Lowe is a more established actresses in her home country, appearing in a number of local productions, including Blessed and Blame. Fincher had also been pursuing South African singer/rapper Yo-Landi Vi$$er from the group Die Antwoord, but the artist isn’t interested in an acting career.

Fincher is supposed to begin shooting the film in the early fall and is likely to have his decision in the next week or so. Sony Pictures has already scheduled the movie for Dec. 21, 2011.

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  • Elizabeth

    Off to IMDB to see what these ladies look like ;)

    I think I would’ve loved Natalie Portman in the role, but I am happy that Fincher is going for an unknown. I think sometimes the cast overwhelms the story in some of these movies-based-on-novels are done. This decision should keep the focus on the story (she said w/fingers crossed).

    • Cheryl

      I agree. The story is strong enough to succeed on it’s own merits. I like the idea that someone unknown is being considered. Although I love Daniel Craig for the lead. Can’t wait!

    • Frank Anderson

      EW should have probably provided pics in this piece to save you the effort.

    • Liz Lemon

      Since we’re not getting Ellen Page, Lea Seydoux has my FULL support!! She will be amazing in that role.
      The rest of them are so blah!

      • StewyFan

        Sorry about Ellen. I know you were shipping her hard.

      • Liz Lemon

        I’m honestly not that upset about it. I don’t think I ever really thought they would pick her, especially after the casting of Craig. But I did hope.
        I think they will go with Lea Seydoux…at least I hope so.

      • Greg

        I second Lea Seydoux. She had all the Salander characteristics in Inglourious Basterds. If anything, she might be a little prettier than I imagined Salander… oh well. :)

      • Liz Lemon

        @Greg: She’s pretty, but she’s not obnoxiously pretty. She’s the only one out of the four that I can see believably having the black, short hair cut, tattoos, and rock star clothing and also portraying Lisbeth’s alter egos, Monica Sholes and Irene Nesser.

      • Liz Lemon

        I just read that Ellen Page isn’t out of the running yet. Fincher has her on standby in case none of these four work and he told her to keep working on her Swedish accent! :D

      • Britt

        Yeah i was rooting for Ellen (I can still hope can’t i?) I’de rather an unknown, but all of these actresses seem a bit too pretty. I dont know much about them but alot of people say Lea would be good. As long as kristen stewarts out of the running im ok lol

      • Gail

        I read the book and all along pictured Ellen Page in the part. Really sad she won’t be.

      • Byron

        I hope that was a joke about Ellen Page having to work on her Swedish accent. Is Fincher really going to use that tired device of having an English language production force the actors to use accents. They are obviously not going to be speaking Swedish so why use an accent? Otherwise we should just stick with the excellent Swedish original and forget about a remake.

    • Diggity

      Natalie Portman must be crazy

  • Julie

    Thank god Natalie Portman turned it down. I haven’t been able to stand the sight of her since she signed the letter asking for Roman Polanski to be freed. Thankfully, she never does any good movies, so she’s easy to avoid.

    • alex

      i hadn’t heard that.. really?

    • Liz Lemon

      I’m kind of glad she did too. She can get away with playing a 23 year old, but she’s too well known and obvious for that part.

    • Aimee

      I completely agree. I also don’t think she’s all that interesting as an actress. I don’t understand her massive appeal.

      • Kylie

        I wouldn’t say she has massive appeal. She gets steady work, that doesn’t equate a large following. She’s a good actress, I like her but I wouldn’t watch something just because she’s in it. BTW, boycotting an actress because of a personal decision is beyond stupid.

      • The Devil

        @Kylie – Although I wouldn’t boycott Portman, it’s also an individual’s decision to boycott something for any reason whatsoever. I don’t think boycotting her movies because Julie disagrees with Portman’s personal decision is stupid at all. It’s just a different opinion than yours.

      • Britt

        i concur natalie portman would have been too well known, plus shes waaaay too pretty. so far i think they got it right with daniel craig, im crossing my fingers on this one

    • Emily

      Natalie didn’t turn it down. She was eliminated due to being almost 30. Lea is my choice.

      • Emily

        eta: Just ’cause a *single* ‘source’ tells EW something, it doesn’t mean it actually happened. She was always too famous, too beautiful, and too old for the role.

  • Lisa Simpson

    Yeah, yeah. They say it’s one of these four until Vivien Leigh shows up.

    • Bobby’s Robot

      LOL

    • Kat

      Very funny, Lisa! Great shout out to Hollywood history! ;-)

    • Courtney Love

      I’ve been thinking the same exact thing throughout this whole casting process! kudos, very hilarious. :]

    • Briana

      Yes!

    • Slimer

      Awesome!

  • Zoe

    I’m glad to see only relatively-unknown actresses in the running. By the same token, why Daniel Craig? Why not a guy who is relatively unknown as well? I have nothing against him, but geez, he’s James Bond.

    • llevinso

      But have you seen him in other things? He’s really a fantastic actor that can really transform into the roles he’s playing. He’s actually a casting choice I was happy about. I can really see him as Blomkvist.

      • Kat

        Agree IIevinso. Daniel Craig is an awesome actor. He was great in Elizabeth, I Dreamed of Africa, Road to Perdition, Layer Cake, Munich, The Golden Compass and…. Bond. James Bond.

      • rocknmovies

        Plus his skin is almost as bad as the Swedish actor’s in the original version, and he is as ugly.

      • Dee

        He really is a solid actor. Plus, if you’re going to go with an unknown actress for the Lisbeth role (which I totally support. It’s fresh and creates excitement, come on, Natalie Portman?!) it makes sense to cast a solid, reliable name to draw in viewers.

      • @rocknmovies

        Daniel Craig is anything, but ugly and his skin is not bad.
        He and Michael Nyqvist do have similar features though.

      • ellen

        ^Yeah, I’m pretty sure Daniel Craig is hot.

    • Cheryl

      I’m just reading the book now and I can really picture Daniel Craig playing this part.

      • Amber

        Me too Cheryl!!

  • Jessica

    When reading the books I always thought of Ellen Page, and so really I can’t see anyone else in that part. Hollywood ruins everything though, so I probably wont even watch the movie…

    • Liz Lemon

      Me too. But Lea Seydoux is good too. With the right hair and makeup, I can see her in the role.

    • rory

      Love Ellen Page, but she’s way too “cute” to play Lisbeth.

      • ellen

        Watch Hard Candy. She is not cute at all in that. She’s scary.

      • Emily

        She has a cute baby face, even with the best acting. Love her though.

      • Katyo

        That’s what I thought, rory. I love Ellen, but her round little face just doesn’t seem enough like Lisbeth for me. I am just spoiled by Noomi Rapace, I guess, because she played the part so tremendously.

    • Britt

      ellen page is a really good actress i was thinking of her as lisbeth when i first read these books long before i heard hollywood got a hold of it. my friend and i just saw the swedish ‘girl who played with fire’ and we pretty much know hollywood is gonna ruin it. the swedish film they cast the exact person to fit each part and about 90% of the film is straight from the book. lisbeth has brown eyes in the book so she has brown eyes in the movie. hollywood almost never does that. the book is selling millions for a reason: people LIKE the original story. we dont want them to take it and twist it around, we want them to take it and put it on the big screen as is…

      • Catalectic

        You need to get Hard Candy out of your head. This story deserves a more unknown actress that is much more attractive than Page. There is no way there would be any chemistry between Craig and Page.

  • katnap

    Glad Natalie Portman turned it down – she’s too glamorous for the part. Daniel Craig fits the craggy nature of the character, and he’s got the acting chops as well.

  • llevinso

    I’m glad Fincher is going with someone relatively unknown. I don’t think a big Hollywood name would’ve worked. It’ll be hard for anyone to do better than Noomi Rapace though. She WAS Lisbeth for me.

  • Matt

    “Fincher had also been pursuing South African singer/rapper Yo-Landi Vi$$er from the group Die Antwoord, but the artist isn’t interested in an acting career.”
    What? Talk about spitting in a gift horses’ mouth.

    And Daniel Craig could not be more ill-suited for the Blomqvist role. Horrible, horrible, horrible choice. (And I like Craig – he’s just wrong for this role.)

    • llevinso

      I disagree with you completely. Out of all the names tossed around for Blomkvist I think Craig was the only good choice. Just curious, who do you think would’ve been a good choice for Blomkvist?

      • Anon

        David Sutcliffe, John Cusack , Mark Valley or Colin Firth.

      • llevinso

        I love John Cusack and all but seriously? No. And the Human Target guy? No again. David Sutcliffe I’ve never seen in anything so I can’t say anything about that choice. Colin Firth would’ve been interesting. He’s a fantastic actor.

      • Jose

        Viggo Mortenson?

      • WELL

        John Cusack? That is like suggesting Tom Hanks for Robert Langdon… Oh wait. That happened. And he RUINED the movies.
        David Sutcliffe is random and too classically handsome.
        Colin Firth is too effeminate for the role. He cannot do rugged.

        Daniel Craig is PERFECT. He is a great actor and really believable as Blomqvist.

      • Amber

        What about Clive Owen? I wanted him for the new Bond but I’d take him as Blomkvist!!

      • llevinso

        I know one of my friends (the one who actually introduced me to the books!) wanted Clive Owen for the part. I think he could’ve done a good job too.

      • Liz Lemon

        Clive Owen is a great actor, but he’s not Blomvist at all. Not even close. They could dye his hair and whatnot, but he’s just not right.

      • Nathan

        Daniel Craig is perfect for this role, so let’s just move on.

  • lefty

    Rooney Mara looks like the best choice out of the 4.

    • Will

      I feel like one of the only ones here rooting for Rooney. I like her in the Nightmare remake (I know kill me), and also check out her roles in movies like Dare, and Youth in Revolt…and from the trailer of the Social Network, I think she’ll do just fine

    • Ripley

      I agree. Rooney Mara looks most like my Lisbeth.

    • Katie

      I just looked at pics on imdb and of the three with photos, I think Rooney Mara looks like she has the most potential based on looks alone. No pic of Sarah Snook, though.

      • Garrett

        google it shes really not what lisbeth should look like its wierd that she is being considered

  • Rienne

    Based soley on images of the four women I would say that australian actress, Sophie Lowe, looks more the part. She has a very lean and little girl looking body and interesting features. Hope Finch goes with her or some other unknown here in America.

    • Bibi

      I totally agree. She looks like my mind’s impression of Lisbeth.

    • WELL

      Agreed – out of the four, she has the bone structure in the face. Not sure of her height, but Lisbeth is 4’11 and 90 pounds…

      Lisbeth does not speak very much, so her accent won’t be a problem.

  • Ginny

    How about the girl who plays Lisbeth in the Swedish movie, she is fantastic.

    • April

      She turned down the role. She said that after three movies and 4 years, she can’t play Lisbeth anymore. She is amazing in the Swedish version. I can’t wait for the second to be released!

      • llevinso

        That’s understandable. You can only play the same part for so long. I did hear she’s doing her first American film right now and I’ll be very interested to see her in it. I think she’s a great actress.

      • lisa

        The second one just came out this month in the US…but it’s just in art house movie theaters. You have to search for it. Catch it before it leaves town.

    • AGirl

      Completely agree. Any idea when the next two films come out? I went back and started reading the books again after seeing the movie last week.

  • Robert Morton

    Ellen Page hardly even seems like the girl from Hard Candy anymore. She almost brought “Inception” to a screeching halt every time she opened her mouth. Besides, Lisbeth Salander would eat Juno for lunch.

    • WELL

      I am so glad someone else thought that about Page in Inception. I feel like I have been screaming it from the rooftops in my comments on this subject – and there have been at least 3 message boards where people have hailed her performances. I wanted to surgically extract her from Inception. Her role could have been eliminated and the story would not have changed at all. She was over-emoting so badly I wanted to die. Out-classed in that film, for sure.

      • Bec215

        My boyfriend and I came to the conclusion that Page and DiCaprio had a good chemistry in their solo scenes, but it was like “Which one of these things is not like the other?” game – she stuck out like a sore thumb. But someone had to be the “outsider” so DiCaprio and Gordon-Levitt could explain the movie to viewers … Of course, casting a female genius was necessary to balance the sappy “victim/wife” character. (I loved the movie otherwise.)

  • Nathan

    Lea Seydoux is probably the cutest of the four, but that doesn’t matter much in this case.

    • Liz Lemon

      Cute doesn’t matter, but she has a dark, edginess to her that the other 3 are missing.

  • Wes

    Thank GOD we don’t have to see that whiny, untalented Kristen Stewart in this role. I was so afraid that she was in the running after all of the rumors. I still don’t see the need to remake the fantastic original film, but at least Fincher is at the

    • mark

      it seems to me that you are a little bit infatuated with kristen for goodness sake her name is not mentioned in this articcle but i guess you cant go on a day without thinking of her.either way hollywood is still going to screw this up no matter what or who they choose .the only reason i would have gone to see this was if natalie portman was in it, but she isn,t i guess she knew it was going to be crap afterall.

  • TD Sims

    I just looked up pictures of all the women they mentioned in this article (since I hadn’t heard of even one of them). The one who captures the spirit of Lisbeth the most (in pictures anyway)? Yo-Landi Vi$$er.She seems to have that dangerous, slightly-crazy look in her eyes But then you look closer and you can see how young she really is… just a child. Vi$$er has that. Look her up. You’ll see it. What a shame that she’s not interested.

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