Is Carey Mulligan set to play the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

Rumours are circulating that Brit actress Carey Mulligan is to star in the US remake of the late Stieg Larsson's book...

Rumours are circulating that Brit actress Carey Mulligan, who sprang to fame last year in the hit British film, An Education, is set to play Lisbeth Salander, punk heroine of the bestselling thriller by late Swedish author Stieg Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Hollywood insiders say Mulligan can expect to be paid up to £10m for the three films covering Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, which has sold 1m copies in Britain and 25m worldwide. This will make her one of Britain’s best-paid actresses.

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Mulligan, 24, was nominated for an Oscar and won a Bafta for playing the perky schoolgirl Jenny in An Education, and has made no secret of her desire to play Salander, a fierce ‘biker chick’ computer hacker. ‘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.’
 
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has already been filmed in Swedish with Noomi Rapace, a stage actress, playing the bisexual Salander, but its subtitles prevented it becoming a mainstream hit in America.

The final decision on casting will be made soon by David Fincher, director of Fight Club, Se7en and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The Times reports that he has been talking to Mulligan’s representatives at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, which has been seeking a ‘breakout’ role for their young British client.

In addition, according to website Digital Spy, Brad Pitt is said to be ‘a strong bet’ to star opposite Mulligan.

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