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Kristen Stewart out of running for “Dragon Tattoo” role?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It would be easier if Sony just told us who David Fincher has cast as Lisbeth Salander in his planned remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” Instead, we have to filter through denials, non-commitments, and potentially misleading rumor stories about actresses who are NOT going to be playing the role.

For instance, there’s Natalie Portman, who denied her involvement with the pending production while speaking to “Thor” fans at Comic-Con last weekend. Carey Mulligan has been discussed, but nothing has been confirmed. And this morning, “Twilight” mega-star Kristen Stewart is the latest actress in the right age range to be linked to an “I’m not Lisbeth” story.

A source tells E! columnist Ted Casablanca that K-Stew is “not likely” to be joining the already cast Daniel Craig in Fincher’s “Tattoo.”

“Kristen Stewart is being considered [for the role], but she has not screen-tested,” said the source. “It looks like she may be out of the running because of Twilight scheduling conflicts.”

A second source at Summit backs up that statement by telling Casablanca, “Production dates are not firm, but it’s still looking like Breaking Dawn will start production in Louisiana in the fall, probably October or November.”

That, of course, would conflict with the “Tattoo” shoot. So if not Stewart, than who? E! goes on the speculate that Rooney Mara of the “Elm Street” remake has screen-tested, but has not been offered the role. They’re holding out hope for Ellen Page, who would be wrong for Lisbeth but a better selection than Mara, in our opinion.

And still, the world waits, with “Dragon Tattoo” still coming together, and Kristen Stewart reportedly sticking with the “Twilight” franchise.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • August 1, 2010 | Permalink |

    David Fincher,look no further for Lisbeth Salander ,she is in Coronation Street playing Becky on ITV in England.
    She also does the Leerdammer advert: for cheese(catch the advert on google)
    Ive read all Stieg Larssons best sellers and picture Miss Kelly in this made for role.
    Yes,its Katherine Kelly,perfect for the part ,gamine with a hint of menace.

  • August 1, 2010 | Permalink |

    Quite frankly, the fans were lobbying for Kristen to get the role. However, during interviews for the promotions for the Yellow Handkerchief, The Runaways, and Eclipse, she didn’t sound like she was actively seeking the role. When asked she said that she knew that, if a re-make was done that they would get “someone good” but that she was busy first with all of the promotions of the films, “On the Road” and until early next year with the filming of “Breaking Dawn”. I personally don’t know if getting involved in a Trilogy is what she needs. Why they are remaking this film is beyond me, but I feel that should go with a relatively unknown person. I read somewhere that Carey Mulligan also backed out of this project.

  • August 4, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thank God that she is out of the running. I can barely make it through twilight without a drink. I don’t want her ruining this one.

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