Young Hollywood Clamors To Be Cast In “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”

I’m a little tired this week. The last three nights I’ve been up till at least 2 a.m. reading Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the first book in a three-part crime novel series that has been hailed by critics. It was an incredible page turner, in addition to being very well-written. Larsson died in 2004 and all three books were published, first in his native Swedish and then in English, after his death: Dragon Tattoo in 2005, The Girl Who Played With Fire in 2009, and the third, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, is due out in the U.S. this month. At the center of all three novels is the incredibly compelling character of Lisbeth Salander and Hollywood actresses are reportedly lining up around the block in hopes of scooping up the part in a much-rumored-about U.S. film adaptation. Having just finished the book last night, I have many thoughts on who could play Lisbeth, a role which I believe could be a complete career maker for a young actress. Supposedly, Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page, Kristen Stewart, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, oh just about every young actress in Hollywood, has expressed interest in playing the small but ferociously resilient character of Lisbeth, a tattooed hacker and investigator with a disturbing past who aids a journalist in finding out who killed — or what happened — to a teenage girl over 40 years ago. While I think out of those actresses Carey Mulligan would be the most interesting choice — for the record, Kristen Stewart, while morose enough in real life to be potentially believable, would be a disaster — director David Fincher is strongly considering going with an unknown actress for the role. If that happens, that lucky woman could have an Oscar nomination in her future. It’s that kind of role, especially with two potential sequels to follow.

Supposedly, however, the producers want to cast a big leading man for the role of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and may have already offered the part to Brad Pitt. Blomvist is a bit of ladies’ man in the book, but he never struck me as being particularly hunky. If they’re going with a bigger name, I see Liev Schreiber as a better fit. But whatever happens, I am seriously psyched for this movie to be made and to hit the theaters. []