Who’ll Be ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?’

In what’s become a rather commonplace Hollywood habit, David Fincher’s version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has already been given a release date (12/21/11) despite the absence of a complete cast. Most significantly, the dark and stormy role of Lisbeth Salander (superbly played by Noomi Rapace in the Swedish original) is still up for grabs, and naturally every eligible talent is drooling over the part. Deadline Hollywood reports that a number of candidates have either already signed test deals, sent in audition tapes to Fincher, or will be reading for him shortly, and the list includes long-shots and usual suspects alike.

In no particular order, the nominees are:

Ellen Page – A rather poor choice methinks. Page is simply too cute, too non-threatening, and she has yet to do anything that would even remotely suggest she’s got the potential to go as dark as the Lisbeth role demands.

Carey Mulligan – I could see this. Mulligan has a little mystery about the eyes at least, and unlike Page seems like she’s maybe old enough to be out of high school.

Emily Browning – One of the child stars of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and soon-to-be-seen in Zack Snyder’s forthcoming Sucker Punch, Browning does the full-lipped pouty thing very well, but she looks as if she’s still got baby fat on her, and her eyes are more of the sleepy kind than the smoldering with intensity type.

Mia Wasikowska – Tim Burton’s Alice from Alice in Wonderland, I think Wasikowska might be my favorite among these options. Any of the actresses in contention could go goth when accoutered with spikes and eye-liner, but Mia has cheekbones enough to look sinister, and there’s a certain inscrutability about her that would work for the part.

Rooney Mara – Last seen in Youth in Revolt, soon to be see in The Social Network, Mara also seems like she might be a bit too delicate for the role. Her whole look screams “teenager,” although I will credit her for citing Gena Rowlands as one of her biggest inspirations.

Sarah Snook – The longest of long shots I’m guessing. Snook will appear alongside Browning in 2011’s Sleeping Beauty, but otherwise has almost zero film credits to her name.

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