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‘Dragon Tattoo’ femme lead down to five finalists

HollywoodNews.com: UPDATE: It feels as though the role of Lisbeth Salander in the U.S. remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is the most coveted role in Hollywood, well, since little orphan Annie.

Apparently, director David Fincher has whittled it down to five actresses for the role, some of them unknown, some burgeoning.

The screen-tested finalists include Australian thespians Emily Browning, Sophie Lowe, Sarah Snook and U.S. actress Rooney Mara.

Roger Friedman knows the name of the fifth candidate, French actress Lea Seydoux from “Inglourious Basterds.” Read his story here.

Fincher has instructed that they practice their Swedish accents.

What makes the role of Salander so appealing is that she’s a dark, complex character; with a previous life as a convict and a sexually abusive present. In the U.S. version of the film, her character will continue to be of Swedish origin.

It’s been no secret that Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan and Scarlett Johansson have pined for the part.

Again, Fincher’s m.o. is to award the role to an actress whose image audiences aren’t acquainted with.

Of the five, Browning is the most recognizable having played key roles in “Lemony Snicket,” “The Uninvited” and the upcoming “Sucker Punch.” Mara can be next seen in Fincher’s Facebook film “The Social Network” due out on October 1.

While Daniel Craig is in the lead to play journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the remake, he’s currently sorting out scheduling problems on “Cowboys & Aliens.”

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” will bow on December 21, 2011 in the U.S.

Digital Spy was reading the indieWIRE report.


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