Casting for the role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher‘s US-adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is starring to narrow after a lengthy search, with further testing of six actresses said to have taken place over the past weekend (Deadline).

While testing has been carried out before now, this time the hopefuls reportedly read across from Daniel Craig, already cast in the lead male role as journalist Mikael Blomqvist, whilst in full make-up and wardrobe, which suggests the six who tested will be the final shortlist. No confirmation of who the six were has been revealed as yet, but they were thought to be out of these seven: Ellen Page (Inception), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), Sarah Snook (Sleeping Beauty), Rooney Mara (The Social Network), Sophie Lowe (Blame) and Lea Seydoux (Robin Hood). Another name said to be in contention is Fish Tank‘s Katie Jarvis, but she wouldn’t be among the others testing at the weekend.

With hype over Larsson’s trilogy reaching Dan Brown levels, the world has been watching eagerly to see who will take the coveted role. Having personally finished the book a few days ago myself, I can see why the role has been contested so fiercely. Salander is a complex, strong female protagonist, the likes of which in cinema are few and far between. While I lament at the fact that Carey Mulligan is not in the list above, the rest have the required talent to make the role their own.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is scheduled for release on December 21st, 2011.

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