The only thing more interesting than ongoing casting rounds for Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s forthcoming “The Girl With Dragon Tattoo,” has been watching names continue to enter and leave the rumor mill.
Last we heard, the final contender list looked something like this: American actress Rooney Mara who has a role in Fincher’s “The Social Network, up-and-coming Australians Sarah Snook and Sophie Lowe, and French native Léa Seydoux, all of whom were a part of the line-up for Fincher’s screen test a couple of weeks ago, as well as Ellen Page who sent in her own audition tape.
Page Six now says (via Vulture) that any and all big names once mentioned for the role won’t be getting the gig. That includes Natalie Portman (who was confirmed to be out of the mix a week ago anyway), the aforementioned Ellen Page, Carey Mulligan and Emma Watson are all out of contention and that Fincher will likely be going with one of the aforementioned small/unknown names for the part. Wait, Emma Watson? Yes, the ‘Harry Potter’ actress was rumored recently to be auditioning for the role when she unveiled her drastically short new haircut. While official reps denied she was circling the part, Page Six seems to indicate she was vying for the part.
While this is more or less the same place the casting was at almost a week ago, it does seem to suggest that Fincher is getting his way as very early in the casting process he expressed a desire to go with an unknown for the part of hacker extraordinaire Lisbeth Salander. But as a Page Six source notes, “The whole process is very secretive,” the insider said. “Fincher wants an unknown, but it changes on a daily basis.”
A decision is apparently pending in the next week or two, and then we’ll finally find out who will join the already-cast Daniel Craig, Robin Wright and Stellan Skarsgaard in the film.