Forget those other names for the much sought-after American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Sony, producer Scott Rudin and director David Fincher are zeroing in on who will play bisexual hacker Lisbeth Salander. They are screen-testing five young up-and-comers, all relative unknowns.
The final five Sony tested this week for Salander include three Australian actresses, one American and one French (UPDATE: Lea Seydoux). The Aussies are:Emily Browning, who stars in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch (here’s an interview on The Uninvited); Sophie Lowe (interview); and Sarah Snook (interview).
The American is The Social Network star Rooney Mara (interview, trailer below).
And Daniel Craig, who is the studio’s first choice to play muckraking journalist Mikael Blomkvist, could fall out if the studio can’t live with his availability issues. Both Craig’s still-delayed James Bond sequel and Cowboys & Aliens can demand his services whenever they want him. And he needs to be ready and able if The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo does well enough to spur two swift back-to-back shooting of The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
Sony is setting a December 2011 release for an R-rated film.
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