Several online news publications report that Carey Mulligan, the girl who charmed audiences with her breakthrough performance as a school girl wooed by an older man in An Education, is rumored to play the lead role in the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The film is based on a trilogy of bestselling books by Swedish author Steig Larsson, and the books have already been adapted into a trilogy of Swedish films. The first film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (released in Sweden under the name Men Who Hate Women), was released recently in the United States. Filmmakers are hoping to reach a wider American audience with the remake due to the sad fact that Americans don’t like to watch films with subtitles.
David Fincher is already set to direct the film, and is currently in talks to sign Carey Mulligan as biker chick/computer hacker Lisbeth Salander. Mulligan has made no secret of her desire to play this daring role, “I am obsessed with those books,” she said last month. “I would love to do them. I am not going to lie about that. I would love to play Lisbeth Salander.” In the Swedish films, the role of Lisbeth is played by actress Noomi Rapace.
The Pulse: Fans of the Swedish film might be turned off by the choice of Carey Mulligan to play Lisbeth, due to the fact that she looks nothing like Noomi. The character of Lisbeth is a drastic departure from the character of Jenny in An Education, which Mulligan was bestowed a BAFTA for Best Actress and an Oscar nomination. She is a promising actress, but can she play this character?
Sound Off: Personally, I have a difficult time picturing Mulligan in this role. Lisbeth is a dark haired, tattooed, bisexual victim of unspeakable violence against women. What do you think? Who would you cast?
Tags: An Education, Carey Mulligan, David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo