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.”


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  • April 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    This is the same PR recycled gossip. Casting is undecided for this movie to date and FIncher swutched studios. Mulligan was favored by some at the former studio odd match and totally unsuitable.

    Somehow IMDB was listing this on Mulligan’s profile. Probably unbeknown to most actually involved in the film. A lot of conjecture about this role. FIncher was also reported as seeking an unknown for the role – as well as many many young actresses being positioned in faux reports for it. Megan Fox – what a giggle fest all this news has been.

    Eww. Mulligan – really? Please don’t dimple harsh my book fetish. I beg you!

    Also – this gossip could be publicly embarrassing for Mulligan. Her team should be a little more protective. Or uhm, is this the Mulligan pink dimpled online gorilla marketing strategy? Reminds me of Bush/Gore 2000. Yuck so unSalander of them.

  • April 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    So, filmgirl, are YOU a part of Kristen Stewart’s representative team? Heard she was up for this part, too.

  • May 15, 2010 | Permalink |

    I have read 2 of the books, one of them Tattoo and could see Kristen Stewart in it as Liz but not Cary. I’m sure Cary is a really good address but cannot see her changing into that girl.
    I admire both actors but choose Kristen.

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