Carey Mulligan is getting a “Dragon Tattoo”
Having already wowed Oscar voters, critics and boyfriend Shia LaBeouf, “An Education” actress Carey Mulligan, 24, is set to play the punk heroine in the U.S. remake of the bestselling Swedish thriller “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
The London Times reports that, Mulligan won thumbs up by director David Fincher as well as the family of late Stieg Larsson, the Swedish author of the “Millennium” trilogy. Producers apparently plowed through 5,000 potential candidates before settling on Mulligan.
“I am obsessed with those books,” Mulligan told The Times. “I would love to do them. I am not going to lie about that. I would love to play Lisbeth Salander.”
There is buzz that Mulligan could bank over $15 million to star in the entire trilogy, which has sold 25 million copies worldwide. Such a price, makes her Britan’s top-paid actress.
In the original film, Noomi Rapace, a Swedish stage actress portrays the lead “Dragon Tattoo” character, Lisbeth Salander. The U.S. version of the film will be set in Canada.
Stateside, the movie is on its way to becoming one of the year’s highest grossing foreign films, having already bagged at least $5 million at the domestic box office. Music Box, the Chicago distributor of 2008 French thriller “Tell No One” is handling the U.S. run of the “Millennium” films.
“Carey has proven she can do sweet and tough in ‘An Education’,” said a CAA executive to the Times, “Now she wants to do something bigger and bolder, without becoming a comic book heroine. This role will make her a household name.”