Female Lead in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Finally Cast
08.17.10 by Ryan
After a long, exhaustive search, director David Fincher has finally found his female lead for the upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation. The search contained a short list of contenders for the role that whittled down to two actresses: Rooney Mara and Emily Browning.
In the meantime, Fincher filled out his cast. First, Daniel Craig was cast as journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who teams with a computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander to solve the 40-year-old disappearance of a woman. Fincher also cast Stellan Skarsgård and Robin Wright to some supporting roles. Natalie Portman and Emma Watson's names were also floated amongst casting rumors but appear to be debunked now that Fincher and his team have finally made their decision on whom will play Salander.
Deadline reports that Columbia Pictures and Fincher decided on Rooney Mara for the role, a decision we pretty much called. Mara worked with Fincher and producer Scott Rudin on the upcoming The Social Network, and now will have the chance to work with them several more times, as Mara's deal with the studio allows for the subsequent sequels, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest.
All three are based on the popular "Millennium" trilogy by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson, with Dragon Tatoo screenwriter Steven Zaillian already writing the sequel. A Swedish adaptation of Dragon Tattoo was released in the U.S. last year.