Hollywood veteran Brad Pitt is rumoured to be a “strong bet” for the role of Mikael Blomqvist with Carey Mulligan filling the role of quirky sleuth Lisbeth Salander, a pair played in the Swedish language original by Mikael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace.
Pitt is reported by UK entertainment site Digital Spy to have beaten off the challenge of fellow Hollywood heavyweights Johnny Depp and George Clooney for the role.
Carey Mulligan is a 24-year-old British actress who was Oscar nominated for her role of Jenny in the 2009 smash hit, An Education. She is also set to appear in a supporting role in the sequel to the eighties yuppie cult classic Wall Street.
The film is based on the first of the posthumously published Stieg Larsson trilogy of books which also includes The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest. All three books have been made into Swedish language films, directed by the Dane Niels Arden Oplev and the Swede Daniel Alfredson.
Drafting Pitt into the movie would see him reunited with Se7en director David Fincher. The script for the Hollywood remake of the blockbuster movie has been drafted by Steve Zaillian of Schindler’s List fame.
Steve Zaillian’s script is reported to be set in Sweden, according to indieWIRE, which argues that “to have moved late journalist Larsson’s authentic, well-reported political trilogy to an American setting would have been a mistake.”
The Local reported in March that the Swedish language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo had opened to rousing reviews from US critics and audiences.
Several influential US critics opined that it would be difficult to replace Noomi Rapace as hacker-heroine Lisbeth Salander with The Chicago Sun Times star critic Roger Ebert arguing:
“I can’t think of an American actress who could play Lisbeth… Someone able to play hard as nails and emotionally unavailable.”
If the casting reports are confirmed it appears that while the allure of appointing one of Tinsel Town’s most established male leads for such a key movie release could not be resisted, the advice to look across the pond for his co-star may just have been heeded by the film’s backers at Sony Pictures.