It looks like “The Girl In The Spider’s Web” will give co-producers Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin a chance to make the Lisbeth Salander movie they wanted to do, before butting heads with David Fincher on “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” Almost every aspect of that movie, from the budget to the marketing, was a constant battle, but the friction arguably first started over the casting of Rooney Mara. Fincher fought hard for the actress and won (she was paid a pittance as a result, but Mara and Fincher were vindicated when was nominated for an Oscar for her turn), but Pascal and Rudin would’ve preferred someone from a lengthy roster of names big and small which included Sophie Lowe, Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska, Sarah Snook, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Ellen Page, Mia Wasikowska, Keira Knightley, and Anne Hathaway. And they may just get to do that.

Variety reveals that Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson are among the actresses in the pool being considered to play Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl In The Spider’s Web.” A global search is underway to find the lead for the film which will be directed by Fede Alvarez, but I would not be surprised if more names from their casting call more than six years ago start surfacing. But in case you’re wondering why Fincher turned down Johansson back in the day, he thought she was actually too attractive to play the hacker/journalist.

“We flew in people from New Zealand and Swaziland and all over the place,” David Fincher said in 2011 about the casting for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” “Look, we saw some amazing people. Scarlett Johansson was great. It was a great audition, I’m telling you. But the thing with Scarlett is, you can’t wait for her to take her clothes off.”

It’s worth remembering that with a budget of $30 million, no one will likely be getting a big payday here (which could ultimately rule out some of A-list names like Johansson and Portman). But then again, roles like this don’t come along very often. Let us know who you want to see as the new Lisbeth Salander. “The Girl In The Spider’s Web” opens on October 5, 2018.

  • Xander

    To respond to your penultimate sentence: I want to see Rooney Mara in the role.

  • jh

    Imagine if Fincher had made that comment about Johannson in 2017.

  • Chase

    Has there ever been an actress nominated for an Academy Award for a role and then the studio decides they don’t want her for the sequel? Can you imagine if they recast Elizabeth II or Bridget Jones Diary II to find a more bankable star? I just don’t get it.

  • Agatino Zurria

    As much as I love Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salender, I have to admit that physically (and spiritually) Rooney Mara made Salender of flesh, bone and soul. To replace her with another actress, no matter how good they are, is a DOA plan, from a trilogy that got stalled for no good reason. Are you cooking up a flop or what?

    • Knew Me Replaced was the woman with the dragon tattoo not the girl

  • JTee

    Rooney Mara. No need to consider anyone else. She nailed it the first time and has been saying for years she wants to play Lisbeth again.