With Daniel Craig locked down to play Mikael Blomkvist in David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” there remains only the question of who will play Lisbeth Salander, the punk genius tattooed bisexual possibly autistic heart of the thriller and its two sequels.
The Daily Beast quotes an unnamed agent as saying “This is the biggest role for an actress in the last five or six years. If the movie works and the actress is good, it’s a role they could be [Oscar] nominated for. And it’s a big global footprint to get other jobs. It’s a game changer.”
Such a game changer, it seems, that the name of every elfin starlet from Carey Mulligan to Mia Wasikowska has been tossed around as being under consideration for the role. But according to that same Daily Beast article, Fincher is taking a similar route to the one that led Swedish producers to cast Noomi Rapace as Salander in their adaptations of the novels and has narrowed the field down to four mostly unknowns. Here’s a runthrough:
Sophie Lowe: Australian actress who’s so far only worked in local productions that haven’t made it to these shores, like James Rabbitts’ horror film “The Clinic” and Rachel Ward’s drama “Beautiful Kate,” the trailer for which is here:
Rooney Mara: An American, Mara’s largest role to date has been Nancy Holbrook in the remake of “A NIghtmare on Elm Street.” She played parts in various private school-set indies like 2009’s “Dare” and “Tanner Hall” (trailer below), but will soon be appearing in the biggest private school movie of them all, David Fincher’s own “The Social Network.”
Léa Seydoux: The 25-year-old granddaughter of the chairman of Pathé, the French Seydoux played the central pensive teenage object of desire in Christophe Honoré’s “La Belle Personne” (trailer below), and has appeared in other imports like “Lourdes” and “The Last Mistress.” While she had a small role in “Inglourious Basterds,” she had a larger one in Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” as King John’s mistress Isabella of Angoulême.
Sarah Snook: Another Australian, Snook has the fewest credits to her name of the four — she has a role alongside the better known Emily Browning (who was considered for the part as well) in Julia Leigh’s 2011 “erotic fairytale” “Sleeping Beauty” and another upcoming Aussie production, a TV movie entitled “Sisters of War.” Here’s a trailer from a Sydney stage production: